Farmers’ protest at National Capital Delhi’s borders is creating challenges for the textile industry of Panipat, Sonipat and Ludhiana as the movement of goods is stuck.
The protest of thousands of farmers against Union Government’s laws has been continuing since last 7 days and transport services are almost blocked as goods can’t enter Delhi.
Known as handloom city, Panipat is witnessing huge losses of Rs. 20 crore daily due to delay in deliveries for export as well as domestic market. Entrepreneurs are worried that if the protest continues for few more days, they will be forced to face more losses.
Almost similar is the condition of factories in the Sonipat district.
Exporters of textile products say that issue is not just with the existing orders, but even new orders can also be cancelled due to the stir; even raw materials are not coming from Delhi-NCR and other states.
Vinod Khandelwal, Chairman, Chamber of Commerce, Bheem Rana, President, Panipat Dyers’ Association and other entrepreneurs are of the view that the industry is not in the position to face such unexpected challenges, and it can lead to an unwanted situation.
There is no container movement at the Indian Container Depot, Sonipat which is another problem for exporters. At the same time, Delhi-based owners having units in Sonipat and allied areas and professionals of Delhi, Gurugram and Faridabad working in Noida’s factories are also facing difficulties due to long jams at various routes.
Around 1,500 trucks of Punjab carrying variety of goods are stuck on the road due to this agitation. Ludhiana had earlier faced a challenge when goods train were not permitted and now road blockage is impacting the delivery schedules.