Pune: Employees of small-scale industries at Chakan and surrounding areas were badly affected due to the agitation by the Maratha groups here on Monday. Employees of firms in Hinjawadi were less affected after a rally was carried out in the area.
Dilip Batwal, Secretary of Chakan Industrial Federation, told Sakal Times, that, there are almost 550 big industries and 1,000 small industries in Chakan area, and they had intimation about the agitation on Monday. So most of the companies worked on Sunday so they could take a holiday on Monday.
Batwal said, “Even on Monday some of the industries were working and the employees were stuck till late evening. Employees of the industries in Chimbali and Khed were stuck as the protestors vandalised the vehicles and fear gripped the area. Also, the employees who were on their first shift were supposed to leave by 3.30 pm, but even they were stuck till late evening.”
“We had intimation about it, but we did not think it could turn out into such a huge proportion. I have informed the police about the employees' inconvenience,” Batwal
Sandeep Belsare, President of Small Scale Industries said, “Employees of the small-scale industries in Talawade MIDC IT Park feared to come out of the industry premises. Because those who were staying in the city had to cross the Nashik Phata and those who were staying in Bhosari had to go via the same road. But due to the protest carried out near Nashik Phata till Chakan, the employees of the industries were stuck on the road till late evening.”
"On the other hand, the police had informed the IT industries in Hinjawadi on Sunday itself that there will be bike rallies by the Maratha community from 10.30 am to 11.30 am, so the employees were alert and were less affected," said Col CS Bhogal, President of Hinjawadi Industrial Association.
He said, “Everything was peaceful in the evening while even in the morning hours there was not much problem caused to the employees of the IT industries in Hinjawadi.”