Around 400 cold storages in West Bengal today threatened to close down operations from next month if their demands of revising rent were not met.

“We have decided to close down operations for the 2011 season that begins from March, if the government does not revise the rent ceiling. It is becoming impossible to sustain the cost pressure,” West Bengal Cold Storage Association President Swapan K Mondol said.

The Association has already written to the minister of agriculture marketing Mortaza Hossain about their decision of closing down.

The marketing department has accepted an increase in cost for 2010 by Rs 13.10, against a demand of Rs 25 by the Association.

“Despite that, there has been a steep increase in cost of operation. But they have declined to raise the rate further. The existing rate is Rs 101 per quintal,” Mr. Mondal said.

The Association has given the government a deadline of February 26 to meet its demands.