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Ambattur estate in big trouble

Karthik Subramanian

350 small and medium units in north phase unable to operate for 2 months 350 small and medium units in north phase unable to operate for nearly two months



IN DEEP WATERS: Small-scale industrial units in Ambattur Industrial Estate have suffered extensive losses due to the recent rain. Waterlogging persists in several parts of SIDCO Nagar. — Photo: K. Pichumani

CHENNAI: The recent spells of rain have crippled scores of small and medium-scale industrial units in Ambattur Industrial Estate, one of the State's oldest industrial layouts.

Members of the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturer's Association (AIEMA) say that more than 350 units on the industrial estate's north phase, close to Pattravakkam railway station, have not been able to operate for close to two months now. Several units in the south phase have also lost several days of production.

The AIEMA committee members on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the damages, which could run into several crores of rupees.

Water has entered most of the factories, predominantly spare parts makers for automobiles, and power supply continues to be erratic because TNEB's transformers and distribution boxes are under water. Sewage networks have broken down in some stretches and factories have not been able to provide toilet facilities to their employees.

D. Harigopal, chief executive officer, Aishwarya Enterprises, says the damage comes at a difficult time for the small units. "The automobile sector is cutting prices, yet increasing demand. If we cannot meet the deadlines, they will turn to others. The situation is grim."

Over the last month and half, Mr. Harigopal has been spending Rs. 5,000 a day to run a generator to ensure uninterrupted power supply to his factory.

Factory owners point out that they pay a maintenance fee to SIDCO (Small Industries Development Corporation) and also remit property tax to the Ambattur Municipality. Yet they do not know whom to turn to redress issues such as bad roads and lack of drainage facilities. "We have complained to the top officials of SIDCO, but they say they do not have adequate funds. Ambattur municipality says the Industrial Estate is off limits," says Mr. Harigopal.

S. Sivaramakrishnan, managing partner, Sri Meenakshi Industries, laments that it takes more than 45 minutes during peak hour to get from the estate to Mogappair. "The roads are unbelievably bad. The factories that manage to operate despite the flooding still suffer losses because goods are damaged during transportation."

Authorities' apathy

With the State Government identifying the Ambattur Industrial sector for expanding the Information Technology-enabled services sector and some companies already setting shop here, a section of the small-scale units feels it might not be long before they are nudged out. "The real estate prices are already skyrocketing here. Given the hype surrounding the development of ITES here, the indifference of authorities is baffling," a unit manager said on condition of anonymity.

Tiruvallur Collector Pankaj Kumar Bansal recently surveyed the damage in the estate. Authorities have pointed out that at least two canals, meant to drain water from Ambattur and other upstream localities, have been completely lost over the last two decades due to unplanned development.

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