GSIA had raised the issue of the pathetic road conditions in various industrial estates. Subsequently Government had released 5 crores out of the 10 crores which was budgeted to GIDC for infrastructural improvements in industrial estates.
Damodar Kochkar, GSIA President in his statement on the issue writes, ‘GSIA had indicated that priority work be taken up with this limited budget, especially Kundaim Industrial Estate where the bad roads are almost not motor-able.”
Subsequently, they floated the tenders and work was delayed due to code of conduct. The labourers in Kundaim Industrial Estate in the meantime went on strike so ‘we had convinced them that soon after code of conduct the works will be taken up.’ However, a month on and the issue hasn’t been resolved.
Kochkar points out that according to a provision of a clause, ‘If more than one quotation are received for less than 20% of estimated amount, the Chairman has the powers to decide on the awarding tender to the lowest contractor of his choice. This is nothing but blatant corruption provision for chairman to make money. Because of this clause MD is not able to issue this work order.’
He said that despite forming of new government, industries have to go through such hardships. He condemned the affairs of the Government.