There are over 70 micro units in the industry, manufacturing battery acid and storage batteries. Over 1,000 people work in this industry, which has a collective annual turnover of over Rs. 2 crore.
“This is a very small industry, which sells its products within the state of West Bengal only. Insufficient supply of raw material in Siliguri leads not only to high prices and low-quality products, but also causes inadequate market development and improper utilisation of machinery,” said Sondeep Banerjee, a manufacturer.
“There are other problems in the industry too, such as lack of modern machinery and skill upgradation, absence of a testing facility, and lack of credit. None of the industrialists have ever taken an initiative to try and deliver best quality products,” he said.
“All of the industry’s problems can be solved if an association is formed to motivate the industrialists to develop and promote their products and upgrade technology,” stated Jeevan Sandhewal, another manufacturer.
“Regular supply of sufficient raw material should assured for the smooth running of the industry. The state government must also support the industry by helping manufacturers resolve their problems and giving them subsidies to upgrade infrastructure,” he said.