Surat: Looms across Surat are grinding back to life as the textile industry resumes work during the lockdown.
The industry, which generates approximately Rs 80,000 crore, is the second-largest income generator in Surat.
It’s not business as usual given the restrictions, and the constant shadow of rising infections in the state and country.
Gujarat currently has the second highest number of cases and Covid-19 deaths in India, after Maharashtra.
Many individual manufacturers have adapted to the change in demand, and switched to making products that are the need of the hour. One such unit is Suneja Fashion Fabrics and Lifestyles, owned by Mukesh Suneja.
What was previously a garment design and stitching unit has now transformed into a personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing unit. Here, the raw cloth for making PPE overalls is procured from the manufacturers and then, using machines, cut into the shape of a human body.
ThePrint’s reporters Soniya Agrawal and Swagata Yadavar bring you some pictures from the factory, which produces 500 PPE kits every day for those on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19.
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