Irked by the announcement of hike in industrial gas prices for the fourth time by the Gujarat Gas Company, the South Gujarat Textile Processors Association (SGTPA) has decided to launch an agitation to protest against the latest hike in industrial gas prices.
SGTPA represents about 400 textile processing units of South Gujarat, mainly in and around Surat area, located in the west Indian State of Gujarat. It acts as a common platform for all the processing units of the area for constructive interaction and mutually beneficial policy making.
The recent hike of Rs. 4.60 per cubic metre in the industrial gas price would become effective from January 1, 2012. This would push the gas price to around Rs. 26 per standard cubic metre, inclusive of taxes. The prices prevailed at Rs. 10 per standard cubic metre in December 2010.
SGTPA claimed that an abrupt rise in price of industrial gas would push Surat's textile industry to walls as many of the processing houses would be compelled to cease their operations.
It said the printing charges that vary between Rs. 1.5 to Rs. 40 per metre at present, would go up to Rs. 1.80 to Rs. 55 per metre after the newly raised gas prices are implemented.
It added that countries like Thailand, China and Bangladesh import fabrics from India and the recent hike in gas prices would push the job charges up, thus making the Indian cloth much more expensive than that of other countries.
SGTPA will hold a meeting of its members on December 31 to deliberate on the matter and find a solution to the same.
Fibre2fashion News Desk - India