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Andhra textile industry badly affected by COVID-19

May 26, 2021
Andhra textile industry badly affected by COVID-19

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

The second wave of Covid-19 has severely affected the textile and cloth business in Andhra Pradesh. The sales and incomes of several hundred textile, cloth and readymade traders have dropped to the bare minimum owing to the lockdown.

The traders are worried about paying rent, wages, electricity bills and taxes, if the lockdown continues for some more weeks.

The second wave of COVID-19 with a high death rate resulted in people avoiding stepping out of homes, celebrations like Ramzan being undertaken on small scale, and marriages being cancelled or postponed.

AP has more than 30,000 textile and cloth shops in Vijayawada, Chirala, Guntur, Nellore, Vizag, Kakinada, Rajamahendravaram, Kurnool, etc. The shops are small or medium-sized and sell ready-made garments, sarees, lungis, towels, bedsheets and a wide variety of other cloth products.

The traders have not seen much business for nearly three months now as they do business from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

Chillapalli Srinivasa Rao, Secretary, Textile Merchants Welfare Association, Vijayawada, urged the government to provide some relief on the bank loans taken by traders as many of them are unable to pay EMI now.

Kotta Anil Kumar, General Secretary, Cloth Merchants Association, Vijayawada, mentioned that the impact of the second wave is more as cloth merchants did not fully recover from the losses faced during the first wave.

Source – The Hans India

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