Many ‘closed’ garment units functioned to meet delivery deadline

April 06, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 03:51 am IST - Tirupur

Nearly 70 per cent of the garment units in Tirupur remained closed ‘on record’ on Thursday in support of the agitation for constitution of Cauvery Management Board. However, many of the ‘closed’ units could be seen functioning with front shutters/gates locked.

Some of the unit owners said it was due to compulsions to meet the deadlines set for the delivery of consignments by the foreign buyers. Industrialists by and large felt that bandhs need to be avoided.

G.R. Senthilvel, secretary of Tirupur Exporters and Manufacturers Association, was disappointed as the seven-tonne garment consignment of his company bound for United States could not reach Thoothukudi port.

The reason was that the truck containing the goods was damaged by miscreants on Tirupur-Dharapuram highway. “The consignment has to go in a vessel sailing to Colombo from Thoothukudi port on Thursday night en route to New York. With the schedule upset, I now had to airlift the cargo to the buyer to fulfil the delivery commitments resulting in huge losses as the net rates were quoted based on sea freight charges”, pointed out Mr. Senthilvel.

Tirupur Exporters Association president Raja Shanmugam feels that people should explore other ways of protests instead of bandh.

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