With the state factories department finding that five more factories of Shital Vij and his son were operating illegally in the city,deputy director (factories) has filed complaints against the two in the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM).
In all,three complaints have been field against Vij and two against his son Shitesh Vij. According to the complaints,the units three at the Focal Point area,one each in Gazigulla and Gadaipur village were not registered under the Factories Act-1948 and the owners did not have a license to run these factories.
The complaints added that Vij did not get plans of building and machinery approved from the directors of the factories department as mandated by law. Vij did not even have a stability certificate, it alleged.
The scrutiny follows the collapse of Shital Fibres,resulting in the death of 23 labourers. This factory was also not registered under the Factory Act-1948.
Vij,one of the leading blanket manufacturers in Asia,was running several units without even getting them registered right under the nose of the the government. Till date,no department is clear about the actual number of the units owned by Shital Vij in the Focal Point Area,Gadaipur or Industrial area Sodal Road.
While Punjab Pollution Control Board has a record of 17 units owned by Vij in Jalandhar,the industry and directorate of factory departments have a record of only four units. On the other hand,Punjab State Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) records says that Vij owns 31 plots and his units are spread over these plots.
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