After the deadly fire in Delhi’s Filmistan factory, chaos has erupted in other factories in the area. When an India Today TV team reached the spot late on Monday night, it found that most of the factories were getting vacant. People were seen shifting their goods hurriedly.
Some had even started removing their installed machinery. The locals in the area are afraid that sealing would occur anytime. Along with this, people are also afraid that their factories will also come under scrutiny when the investigation starts.
While loading a dozen machines in a truck, Samasuddin said, “Now it is difficult to work here… sealing can happen anytime. I have run a bag-sewing factory on rent for 7 years, but now the property owner asked me to vacate the space immediately.”
Irfan, who has been doing packaging work for the last 11 years, was also seen hurriedly loading the raw material in the loader. “It has been found that there can be sealing here anytime, so we do not want to waste our goods. All our stuff will get stuck inside for many years, it is better that we start work again from somewhere else,” he said.
A factory owner, on the condition of anonymity, said, “We have been hinted by the MCD and some of the Delhi Police officers to vacate the factory. In such a situation, we cannot take the risk now, because if there is an investigation, there will definitely be something wrong. We have told all the labourers working here to go back to their village.”
According to sources in the North MCD, notices will be issued in this area within two days, and sealing will be started 48 hours after that. Meanwhile, South MCD has issued notices to 4,272 units and it will begin sealing after 48 hours.
Bhupendra Gupta, Chairman, Standing Committee at South MCD, said, “South MCD surveyed 5,236 units after which we issued a notice to 4,272 of them and sought answers.”