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Garment industry bogged down by traffic snarls
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Jan '06
Exports of garment manufacturers in Sri Lanka suffered due to poor internal road network, and hence they have requested the government to sort out regular traffic jams.

As traffic snarls affect their productivity, garment manufacturers want cheap electricity resources and quick logistics and transportation system to deliver their products and their services on time.

Moreover, they are not interested in government incentives of 5 to 10 year tax holiday; rather they would look forward to smooth transportation network that could help them in their normal operations without any time-loss, said Gretian Gunawardana, Chairman of Hands Group.

International buyers cannot afford to waste four to five hours to visit factories located in rural areas.

Sri Lankan government plans to strengthen 300 factories in rural regions, but the authorities are mum on traffic snalrs in the country side.

Garment manufacturers would be better off with a domestic helipad in industrial areas to avoid traffic jams, said Gunawardana.


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