The inundated JMT Auto Limited’s plant in Adityapur industrial area, Gamharia, on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Two industrial units with a Tata connect are locked in a dispute over water-logging in the manufacturing hub of Adityapur with one blaming the other for disrupting production schedules leading to losses to the tune of Rs 50 lakh a day.
JMT Auto Limited, one of the largest ancillary units of Tata Motors, has approached Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (AIADA) to intervene and sort out the row with Tata Growth Shop, a sister concern of Tata Steel and producer of heavy industrial equipment.
JMT’s premises has been flooded after the heavy downpour over the last few days with the company claiming it had been compelled to stop production. It has also closed the front gate and was now using the rear gate for entry and exit of its staff.
JMT is blaming TGS for the mess, while the Tata Motors concern denies the accusations.
JMT manager (administration) W.A. Khan said this was for the first time that rain water had entered their premises in Gamharia, 15km from Jamshedpur, in Adityapur industrial hub in Seraikela Kharsawan.
“Till now, rain water was flowing into an adjoining natural drain after passing through the porous boundary wall of TGS, located next to us,” Khan said.
“But, recently TGS plugged the water outlets, which has resulted in the rain water getting accumulated on our side, leading to water-logging,” he added.
Sources in TGS claimed the company plugged water outlets on the boundary wall as JMT was releasing harmful industrial effluents, causing pollution.
“It had been settled at a recent meeting with JMT in the presence of AIADA that they will set up a water treatment plant on its premises within a week and we will have no objection to allow water to pass through our premises. But, the Tata Motors ancillary unit has not done that,” said a senior TGS official on condition of anonymity.
JMT is now pinning its hopes on AIADA. “Because of the water-logging, we have been forced to stop production at the plant. We have also approached AIADA, which is supposed to provide us with basic facilities that include a proper drainage system at the industrial area,” Khan said, adding the firm was incurring losses to the tune of Rs 50 lakh a day due to disruptions in the production schedule.
AIADA secretary S.K. Dudhani said he was aware of the dispute and the problems being faced by JMT.
“We will send a team of engineers tomorrow for inspection of the TGS boundary wall. It will also do the needful to ensure that rain water was cleared from the JMT premises,” he told The Telegraph.
But, Dudhani corroborated TGS’s claim about JMT promising to initiate steps to set up a water treatment plant to prevent release of industrial effluents into the adjoining unit.