Bhiwandi textile industry appeals to govt for concessional coal

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Mumbai, Aug 12 (UNI) Bhiwandi's Textile Processing Industry spokesperson Haribabu Tibrewal today appealed to the government to consider the industry's demand for allotment of 'A' grade coal at a subsidised rate and supply electricity at a concessional rate so that the labour intensive and export oriented textile processing industry can survive.

The textile industry scenario in Bhiwandi has been going from bad to worse as a result of direct impact of steep rise of crude oil prices and inflation.

In a release issued here, Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM), chairman Arun Doshi also appealed to the government to help the industry out, as he pointed out the bleak scenario of the industry which would affect hundreds of thousands of weavers and workers in this industry.

He said that each processing house employs not less than 800 to 1000 workers and consumes minimum eight hundred M T of coal per month to produce steam, which is one of the major inputs of the industry besides electricity, water, chemicals and dyes.

In the last six months the industry is trying hard to absorb the ever rising cost of vital inputs like water, coal and electricity, with the industry forced to pay more than 200 per cent to 300 per cent increased prices for dyes and chemicals.

The abnormal rise in prices of dyes and chemicals is due to phenomenal rise in crude oil prices beside closure of most of dyes and dyes intermediate manufacturing industry in China, since these industries are considered dangerous for environment due to high level emission and discharge of carbon and other impurities in air and water, Mr Doshi added.

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