Another power shock: More cuts for industry

No power for two days every week for general industry,three days for arc induction furnace,domestic cuts exceeding 8 hours

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: July 24, 2012 1:54:29 am

No power for two days every week for general industry,three days for arc induction furnace,domestic cuts exceeding 8 hours

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Monday increased the duration of power cut for general category industry from one day to two days and for the arc induction and rolling mills from compulsory two days to three days.

The decision,which came into effect immediately,comes as the PSPCL wants to bridge the demand-supply gap even as chairman KD Chaudhary said,”We have enough power and enough money to purchase power.”

“The main hitch is the available transmission capacity (ATC) of the northern grid. It has the maximum limit of 5,100 MVA and we cannot draw more power. Everyday we place a demand for more than 200 lakh units,but we are not able to draw more than 100 lakh units. So,I have no choice but to take some punitive measures,” Chaudhary said.

Meanwhile,the domestic sector too is complaining as it has been announced that domestic areas will face six-hour power cuts. However,the residents say that the power cuts extend to more than 8 hours and in industrial cities,such as Ludhiana,it is more than 10 hours.

“The consumers must co-operate with us and understand that the problem is with the transmission system of northern grid,” Chaudhary said.

The industrialists,however,are upset with the latest PSPCL diktat. The industries located in all designated industrial areas can now function for only five days a week and the owners fear that the price of steel,scrap may go up as arc induction furnaces can now function for only four days a week.

Ludhiana-based industrialist Badish Jindal said,”The industry in mixed land use areas is the real sufferer because of the unscheduled power cuts. The industry will run into losses with these harsh measures.”

“Even after mild rain,the PSPCL system collapses resulting in local faults even as power cuts from Patiala double the problem,” Gurmeet Kular,another industrialist,said while appealing the PSPCL to roll back the decision.

However,Chaudhary indicated that the measures will continue for now.

Protest,threat and a suggestion

Industry threatens stir from August

JALANDHAR: While refusing to pay the increased power tariff,industries in Jalandhar on Monday announced that if the government does not withdraw the hike,they will begin agitations from August. The decision was taken in a meeting attended by several industrialists. Gurhsharan Singh,president of Federation of Jalandhar Industrial and Traders Associations,said,“The hike,which is set to be implemented from April 1,is ridiculous and irrational,” he added.

Protest against petrol price hike,not power hike: Majithia to Cong

CHANDIGARH: Flaying the 70 paisa per litre hike in the price of petrol by the Congress led-UPA government,Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said: “When crude prices are hitting rock bottom at $88 per barrel,it is ironic that the Congress decided to gift common man a petrol price hike,immediately after befooling its allies in the Presidential election.”

He also asked state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh to stage a dharna before 7,Janpath against petrol price hike instead of protesting against the rationalisation of power tariff by a statutory regulatory authority constituted at the instance of the Centre. “Instead of showing the lantern,the Maharaja should gift bicycles to the common man who cannot bear the brunt of the petrol prices,” said Majithia.

Demanding a rollback of the hike in the petrol prices,Majithia said: “The SAD will stage protests against the pro-MNC and anti-people policies of the UPA government.”

BJP leader Chuni Lal Bhagat also flayed the hike.

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