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Industries in red zones to be allowed to reopen?

S Krishnan committee submits detailed 50-page report to government, we have made a representation to restart works in non-containment zones, says CII

Published: 01st May 2020 06:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st May 2020 06:07 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami held a discussion with medical and health experts through video conference at secretariat on Thursday

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Will the State let industries in red zones, which aren’t under containment, reopen as per the guidelines set by the Centre? Or, will it come up with a new benchmark? Industries are pushing aggressively for a positive decision in this direction, for the officials to allow reopening of industries even in red zones, as long as they aren’t in containment areas. The expert panel chaired by Finance Secretary S Krishnan, which held a second meeting with industry members recently, has submitted a detailed 50-page report to the government, says CII’s K Hari Thiagarajan. The committee was formed by the government to formulate guidelines for a phased exit for industries from the lockdown.

“The report, which was submitted on Thursday, has noted that there will be a labour shortage. However, most industries will begin operations with 50 per cent workforce,” says Thiagarajan. Neighbouring States of Kerala and Karnataka have staggered the opening of industries. State chairman for builders’ association CREDAI, S Sridharan says, the body has made a representation seeking permission to restart works in non-containment zones.     

Auto major Hyundai is positive the State would restart the economy soon. “Without our dealers opening up, it will be difficult to  source the components. And our units are all located outside the  city,” said its vice-president B C Datta.

Official sources confirmed that the state is looking at opening industries, going beyond the zonal classification. “We are looking at a broader perspective to open up industries,” official sources told Express. While  officials refused to provide details on what the broader classification  would include, it is learnt that non-containment zones in the red zone could be considered.

According to  a classification by the Centre, green zones are those which does not  have a single case of COVID-19. The ‘Orange Zones’ have less number of  patients and the ‘Red Zones’ have higher number of COVID-19 patients. A  hotspot can be categorised as a non-hotspot area if no new confirmed  case is reported there for 14 consecutive days. And the same goes for a non-hotspot area to be categorised as a  ‘green zone’.

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