There are over 400 units in the industry, employing over 3,000 people. The collective annual turnover of the industry is over Rs. 30 crore.
“This is a very old industry, but its situation is worse than it was earlier. No steps have been taken to improve its condition. ,” said Mohnish Kumar, a manufacturer.
“Neither is there regular supply of water, nor is there a proper drainage system. Even the roads in the area are pot-holed. These factors hamper the smooth flow of work, and deter the growth of the industry,” said Kumar.
“The area where the industry is located is densely populated, making it impossible for the installation of further infrastructure. Working conditions are dismal, leading to low productivity,” he said.
“The state government should provide an area where this cluster can be shifted. It should also provide basic facilities to the units here, to help them grow further,” said Jagdish Kumar, another manufacturer.
“ The workers in the industry are not educated, and need training to bring better finishing to their products,” he said.