Rahul to visit Alang, Gir
Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Gujarat for two days next week during which he will visit Alang Shipbreaking Yard that is facing an economic slump due to the weakening rupee. Later, he will pay a visit to the Gir Forest and interact with Maldharis.
Rahul is expected to witness a ship being broken and learn about the business and its ancillaries. He will talk to businessmen, contractors and workers and learn about their problems. At Gir, Rahul is expected to visit a settlement of Maldharis and talk about their coexistence with lions. He will also be having tea, breakfast or lunch with them.
Congress sources told Mirror, "Bhavnagar and Amreli are the political domain of Central ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Purshottam Rupala and is of significance to the party. While Gir is of national importance, Alang has people from different states doing business and workers from places like Odissa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand."
Shipbreaking business at Alang has been facing economic slump for some time. Vice president of the Ship Recycling Association of India Ramesh Mendpara said, "In the last two-three months, the rupee has tumbled and this has affected business as we pay dollars to buy ships. The monthly average of breaking 25-30 ships per month has come down to 22 in the past two months due to an unstable Rupee."
Alang shipbreaking yard is renowned internationally and is the backbone of economic activity in Bhavnagar district. Around one lakh people are associated with Alang.