Traders sweat as villagers feel power at home!
EVEN AS the city sweats for power, village homes enjoy a cool 24X7 supply from the industrial feeder, thanks to political prudence justifying power for votes!india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 00:03 IST
EVEN AS the city sweats for power, village homes enjoy a cool 24X7 supply from the industrial feeder, thanks to political prudence justifying power for votes!
But, this is hitting city businessmen below the belt with some deciding to close down units unable to run sophisticated machines on 8-hour power supply. Two months with a truncated supply has been a bit too much for the city’s business class. Don’t believe? Ask the Indian Industries Association (IIA) whose members have their manufacturing units in Chinhat, Mohanlalganj and Amausi industrial zones and you would be in for a veritable shock this summer season.
Says DS Verma, IIA Executive Director : “We found out from our members that during the past two months, power supply which was meant for the industry in the three industrial zones is regularly being diverted to villages in and around Lucknow. The standing example is a hamlet near Chinhat named Jainabad where power is being diverted for domestic connections through the industrial feeder which supports the electricity needs of a cluster of industrial units in the Chinhat region. The same pattern of power supply being diverted for rural consumption was found at Amausi, he said.
At Chinhat, Mohanlalganj and Amausi industrial zones, the power supply trips so frequently that production process in the assembly lines keep stopping in short intervals during the day. If you have a manufacturing process underway and half the product is ready on the assembly line and the power goes off every 15 minutes, how many products can you manufacture in a day while relying purely on government power supply systems, he asked.
What is the use of getting power supply for even 9 hours in a day when the line is tripping every 15 minutes or half an hour in the industrial zones. These issues must be addressed at the earliest at the topmost levels in the government? In Mohanlalganj, some entrepreneurs have closed their factories as they don’t want their sophisticated plant machinery to conk out by the frequent tripping of power, Verma said.
At Transport Nagar in the city, there is no power supply for nearly 8 hours every day. Do you think an industry could run perennially on diesel generators?