Panaji: With Goa government relaxing certain restrictions from Monday onwards, the industrial units in the state have begun to roll back to the normalcy after being shut down due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has said that majority of the industries will apply for the permission to resume their operations with the state-run Goa Industrial Development Corporation.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had announced that GIDC has been designated as the nodal agency to permit the industries resume their operations during lockdown 2.0.
Goa government has said that the industries will recommence only after respecting the social distancing norms and all other precautions to avoid spread of COVID-19.
“The exact picture on the resumption of industrial front would be clear in next two-three days. But maximum industries will resume their operations, except for few,” GCCI President Manoj Caculo said.
He said that the industrial units will have to assess the situation on the front of raw material availability.
“Some industries may suffer because of non availability of raw material. That is a concern. And some will not be able to start as there the transport to their buyer state may not have started,” he said.
In yet another factor, some industrial units may also suffer setback because of non availability of manpower.
Several hundred people have left the state to reach to their native place during initial days of COVID-19 outbreak.
A senior official from GIDC said that they have been ensuring that the industrial units which are permitted, respect the social distancing norms.
“We will ask the industries to shut down, if they violate any norm,” he said.