Power cuts leave in­dus­tri­al­ists fuming

Will have to pay ex­tra per unit if they con­tinue us­ing for­eign sup­ply

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - HT Live Correspondent ludhlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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