In a meeting held by the Southern Gujarat Textile Processing Association (SGTPA) on Monday, around 125 textile processing units in Pandesara GIDC area in Surat decided to shut down their units during night and run day shifts only. The decision had come after the unit owners faced water shortage problems. With only one shift running, the textile industry will now face a loss of crores of rupees.
Recently the BJP municipal corporator of Varachha, Bhimji Patel, had identified an illegal water supply network by mafias in Pandesara area in Surat. The SMC officials had found that many textile processing units in Pandesara GIDC area were making use of the illegal water supply network and private water supply through water tankers. The tertiary treatment plant also had incurred some problems and its repair work is on, as a result of which the supply of water through the plant had been reduced. Sources said that the Pandesara industry gets 60 Million Liters per Day (MLD) water regularly, against a required 100 MLD.
SGTPA president Jitu Vakharia said, “The industry has been facing shortage of water for a long time. The water supplied through tertiary treatment plant is not sufficient as a result of which the unit owners had to look ahead in search of other means (private players). The water from the tertiary treatment plant is cheap.”