COVID-19 second wave: Local units feel the pinch of lockdown, fear delay in revival
The second wave of COVID-19 has affected industrial exercise in Mysuru with experiences of minor hiccups affecting manufacturing. The spectre of extended lockdown and its cascading affect on the industries is worrying the stakeholders though the industrial exercise will not be anticipated to screech to a halt like final 12 months.
Providing direct and oblique employment to just about 2.5 lakh individuals in the metropolis and surrounding areas together with Nanjangud, there are about 100 main and medium enterprises other than round 20,000 small scale units in the district, most of it engaged in manufacturing. The industrial sector suffered an enormous decelerate throughout the lockdown which got here into impact on March 25, 2020.
A little bit greater than an 12 months later the sector is starting to see the same development with the rise in COVID-19 instances.
“Supply and transportation of raw material from Maharasthra has been affected and we are beginning to feel the pinch,” mentioned Suresh Kumar Jain, Secretary, Mysuru Industries’ Association. He identified that the transportation of uncooked supplies was solely being delayed and never stopped in contrast to final 12 months. But in case the scenario worsens and a lockdown is resorted to in the weeks forward, then the industrial exercise will go right into a tailspin as soon as once more, he cautioned.
A.S. Satish, president, Mysuru Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI), mentioned there is no such thing as a nationwide lockdown as final 12 months however native lockdowns in Maharashtra and Mumbai and weekend lockdowns in the State could have a damaging bearing.
The whole lockdown final 12 months ensured that the migrant employees returned to their respective States leaving native units in the lurch. Subsequently, there was a graded unlocking and lots of did return however the provide chain had been badly hit which impacted the manufacturing sector.
It took greater than six months after the graded unlocking for the industries to achieve 50% of their put in capability. Much of it was because of points that dovetailed with the general pandemic scenario in the nation and throughout the globe. Now, the same development is being noticed as a bulk of the parts for auto trade manufactured in the ancillary units in Mysuru finds its strategy to Maharasthra which is shut.
Also, the COVID-19 instances in Mysuru breaking out day by day is the second highest in the State after Bengaluru whereas the energetic instances was pegged at 4,992 on Saturday night. Tthis is one other worrying development.
Closure of factories
Meanwhile, the State authorities has issued a notification for closure of factories sparing units which are thought of important. These embrace meals and packaging units, prescribed drugs, and many others., although engineering and manufacturing units will stay shut throughout the weekend lockdown beginning April 24.
Mr. Satish mentioned bulk of the industries in Mysuru are normal engineering and manufacturing units and should not categorized beneath the ‘essential’ record beneath the current circumstances. Hence, MCCI, MIA and others understand the weekend lockdown could have a damaging bearing or hamper the revival of the manufacturing units in Mysuru.