The charter of demands presented by Thane Belapur Industries Association (TBIA) presents a picture contrary to the civic body’s vision of a smart city.
TBIA joint secretary, Jayadevan K submitted the 12-point charter of demands to the civic body, which is responsible for maintenance of the MIDC industrial area.
The demands range from removal of encroachments to mobile toilets in front of factory gates. They also demanded better transport facilites and street lighting in the area for women’s safety.
Industrialists were irked about NMMC’s plans of seeking a smart city status when “there are so many issues dogging our industrial area. The clients who visit us take a grim view and we are embarrassed.”
The association, made up of small, medium and large units, is a major source of employment .
It has around 600 members, out of which around 75, with a turnover of Rs 50 crore, pay LBT to NMMC, as per the new government guidelines.
The total tax payment to NMMC by these large units, including those who are not members of the association, amounts to Rs 25-30 crore per month on an average — an annual tax revenue of Rs 300 crore for the civic body.