Chennai floods wash out Rs 1700 crore of MSME business

Sunday, Dec 27, 2015,11:32 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | Of the estimated Rs 15,000 crore losses due to the recent devastating floods in Chennai, coastal Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring Puducherry, MSMEs bore the maximum brunt of about Rs 1,700 crore, says a report. On a most conservative side, MSME sector has lost nearly Rs 1,700 crore to the calamity in just two peak weeks of the flooding, SMERA Ratings lead economist Karan Mehrishi told.

This is a very conservative estimate and the actual financial losses in terms of lost opportunities and job losses could be much higher, he added. Various analysts have pegged the overall loss to the industries in the region at over Rs 15,000 crore from the month-long floods which had even forced the airport and the railways to shut operations for nearly a week.

City-based SMERA Ratings is a joint initiative of Sidbi and some state-run banks, and the private sector financial advisor Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India. He also said that this Rs 1,700 crore projected loss is only from the manufacturing side and if services are included, the damages could be much higher.

The impact of the floods has serious ramifications on not only the local economy but also national economy as the Chennai metropolitan region’s manufacturing economy is worth Rs 1,51,800 crore or around 3 per cent of the national GDP, Mehrishi said.

The loss figure has been arrived at after calculating the weekly loss in lost businesses for themicro and small industrial sector, which bore the brunt of the killer floods at nearly Rs 840 crore, he added. This makes the annual size of the Chennai metropolitan region’s MSME manufacturing GDP at around Rs 21,500 crore.
According to SMERA analysis, seven major MSME categories of industry and industrial services in the region, were hit the most due to the floods. The leather sector bore the maximum losses with estimated damages of over Rs 380 crore, followed by gold and jewellery sector at Rs 237 crore, auto components at Rs 105 crore, printing sector at Rs 37.50 crore, Mehrishi said.