Power outages pinch small industries hard
Frequent power-cuts during summer have started taking toll on the city's small and medium industries that have been suffering losses up to Rs 25 lakh a day.india Updated: Jun 23, 2011 02:06 IST
Frequent power-cuts during summer have started taking toll on the city's small and medium industries that have been suffering losses up to Rs 25 lakh a day.
In addition to the expense of running generators, the industries are suffering due to cancellation of deals or delay in completion of projects. Production cost gets doubled as they have to buy diesel to run generators to meet their electricity requirement.
Gurgaon has 4,000-5,000 industrial units in the Udyog Vihar area while around 2,000 units are in Manesar.
“Our consignments get delayed and sometimes our orders get cancelled too. But we have no other option. We are simply at the mercy of electricity department," said Parveen Yadav, president of Gurgaon Udyog Association.
According to the industry body, due to lack of power supply the production cost becomes double resulting in the loss of R20-25 lakh per day.
Industrialists claim that generating electricity from generator sets costs them R10 per unit even though they are charged R5 for each unit of power consumption.
Bigger industries have their own power plants. It is the medium or smaller enterprises doing business in readymade garments, telecom equipment, footwear, electrical and sports goods that suffer the most, they said.
"Every day we face power cuts for five to six hours affecting adversely to our production," said Raj Singla, president, Chamber of Industry of Udyog Vihar.
The electricity department, however, said it is making all efforts to meet the power demand in the city.
“We are just short of 10% of the total demand of electricity and this is genuine. We are trying our level best to bridge the gap but people need to cooperate with us,” said Subhash Deswal, superintendent engineer, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. But it is not sure when relief will come, say industry heads.