GNS Industrial Estate in sorry state

Rajbiraj, August 2

Rajbiraj-based Gajendra Narayan Singh Industrial Estate has been left in a lurch due to negligence on the part of the concerned stakeholders in Saptari.

The industrial estate now has been transformed into an open grazing meadow because the boundary walls were not rebuilt after last year’s floods collapsed it.

The industrial estate built 24 years ago with funding from the Indian government has not come into full-fledged operation ever since it was handed over to Nepal. The infrastructure has also has turned ugly due to lack of protection and repairs.

“Incidents of theft and sabotage are on the rise as there is no strong gate, there are no safe doors and windows, either,” said Ganga Yadav, a local. “At the time of construction, the locals had provided their lands with high fervour expecting the problem of unemployment to be addressed. But the industrial estate is in a sorry state at present,” he added.

Saptari Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Arun Kumar Pradhan expressed grave concern about the lack of necessary initiatives for protection and full-fledged operation of the estate. “However, addressing all the existing problems in the industrial estate and creating industry-friendly atmosphere is a must.”

Gajendra Narayan Singh Industrial Estate Management Office Chief Deepak Acharya said they would speed up construction of the boundary walls.