Industries operating at only 60pc capacity


, August 3

have been operating at low capacity following lack of demand of in the domestic market.

Though the government eased the nationwide lockdown a month ago encouraging industries to resume operations, some industries across the Tarai region have been shut again while other industries across the country are operating below their capacity after positive cases of the coronavirus spiked once again.

For instance, the District Administration Office (DAO), Morang, has imposed a prohibition order in Biratnagar for two weeks since last Friday, following which all industries have been shut. Similarly, industries across Sunsari-Morang corridor are operating at 60 per cent capacity following plummeting demand of goods in the market.

Prakash Mundada, president of Morang Trade Association, said that industries were compelled to operate below capacity after demand for goods did not increase despite the government’s decision to ease the lockdown and allow industries to operate.

“While the demand for goods is low, the purchasing capacity of customers has also come down due to the crisis and customers are purchasing only essential goods,” he mentioned.

With the coronavirus spreading rapidly and anticipation of community transmissions of the virus being made, the government is already discussing about imposing another phase of lockdown. Industrialists seem t

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