IE Zainakote goes to dogs, courtesy SMC

The pharmaceutical and food processing units at Zainakote Industrial Estate, here, are facing grave danger from the heaps of garbage piled outside these units.
IE Zainakote goes to dogs, courtesy SMC
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The pharmaceutical and food processing units at Zainakote Industrial Estate, here, are facing grave danger from the heaps of garbage piled outside these units. 

According to the unit holders the SMC is getting the garbage from the nearby residential areas and dumping it in the industrial estate.

Nazir Ahmad, senior vice president, Zainakote industrialists' association said the garbage is being dumped by Srinagar Municipal Corporation in the estate where there are sensitive units manufacturing medical and food products. 

"Since the industrial estate is not fortified, the SMC officials bring garbage from various areas in the neighbourhood of the IE and dump it in front of our premises. This gives a shabby look to the entire industrial area which is divided into three phases," Nazir said. 

Several industrialists in pharmaceutical business said they were on the verge of losing licenses due to the unhygienic conditions around their units. 

An aggrieved industrialist who is in food processing said the piles of garbage attracts dogs, besides emanating bad smell. "We met the SMC Commissioner twice but no action has been taken," he said.

When contacted, SMC Commissioner, Showkat Zargar assured that he will take up the issue with the ward officer concerned. 

"I am not aware about the garbage problem at the industrial estate. I will take it up with the concerned ward officer," Zargar said. 

The non-fencing of the IE has also become problem for the unit holders. 

"The tippers and trucks are using the IE as a thoroughfare. In order to escape traffic police on the main roads, the truckers take the route from the industrial estate causing huge inconvenience to the unit holders," the unit said. 

The power problem is also irking the unit holders. "The receiving station meant to provide electricity to the industrial area is catering to areas outside the industrial estate also, causing shortage of power within the estate," they said.

"Earlier we used to receive 24×7 supply, but of late the load shedding has increased," Nazir said. 

Tyre treading and plastic manufacturing units are most hit by the power cuts, he added. 

He said: "There are 100 industrial units operating in the estate. There capacity to work has been reduced to 80 per cent mainly due to power cuts and lack of overall infrastructure in the IE.

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