Power cuts leave industrialists fuming
Will have to pay extra per unit if they continue using foreign supply
LUDHIANA: In the face of frequent electricity cuts, the furnace industry is running into losses.
The industrialists have been forced to keep the factories shut for four days in a week.
Small induction furnaces are being used for heating and melting purposes at various industries such as forging and casting.
The industrialists had to close down their factories from September 26 due to power cuts, which is hampering the industrial production.
All India Induction Furnace Association president KK Garg said earlier they used to get the electricity supply from other states such as Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, as the electricity was less expensive in those states as compared to Punjab. But now, the electricity board forbade them from seeking electricity supply from other states, he said.
Garg said if they would continue getting supply from other states then they would have to pay Re 1 extra per unit as compared to the previous rate.
As the engineering industry in the state such as nut bolt and hand tool factories have been closed from September 26, it is causing loss to the government also.
Garg said the cuts had caused a loss of Rs 80 crore per day to the government. He said many a time the industrialists had talked to the officials concerned, who said they could not help industrialists in the matter.
JS Pabla, chief engineer, power purchase and regulation, said: “We can understand problems of the industrialists but it is a temporary power cut. The heavy rain led to excessive moisture in the coal in two thermal plants in Uttar Pradesh, so they cannot be used. We were getting 125 lakh units earlier and now we are getting only 30 to 35 lakh units of electricity.”
Pabla said within two or three days, new coal would be brought and the furnace industry would get a relief. He said the problem of the forging industry would be solved by the next week and the power cuts would be reduced to one day a week.