State of the Economy 2018

Betting on Better Times

After the initial struggle with GST implementation, SMEs in Noida-Ghaziabad are hoping to get business back on track 

Photographs by Vishal Koul

The onset of winter, in Delhi, also means threatening levels of air pollution. It has been the same story for years, but for the first time in November 2017, the district magistrate of Ghaziabad ordered closure of 65 industrial units in view of the alarming air pollution levels. A few days later, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board ordered another 90 factories in different industrial areas of Ghaziabad to stop production till further orders. The most polluted city and one of the oldest industrial belts in the NCR region, Ghaziabad houses 356 polluting units according to official records. But Pradeep Kumar Gupta, chairman of Indian Industries Association, Ghaziabad chapter, questions the knee-jerk reaction, “National Green Tribunal shut down all the industries here for a week when the pollution levels were high. Did that change anything? The levels are still the same, so what was the hasty measure for? There is large unplanned construction happening and the traffic congestion generates heavy dust. All that is ignored and we get targeted,” fumes Gupta suggesting that the measure was an eyewash.