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Industry complains against PSPCL chief

Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, July 13, 2014
First Published: 12:37 IST(13/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:41 IST(13/7/2014)

Infuriated over erratic supply of electricity, the industrialists here have lodged a police complaint against Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) chairman KD Chaudhri.

The Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations (FOPSIA) on Saturday filed this complaint, saying Chaudhri had misled the industry and the general public of Punjab by claiming that state was power surplus. It was instead a time of power crisis and power cuts, said its members.

The industry, they said, had suffered huge losses because of prolonged periods of outage, and the extension of peak load hours from three to 12 hours (from 8pm to 8am the next day). During these hours, the industries are not allowed to operate, and so the production has fallen.

FOPSIA president Badish Jindal lodged the complaint at helpline number 181 and received the complaint number LDH-CT-303637. “On July 11, the day the PSPCL advertised in newspapers that the era of interrupted supply was over with the state now power surplus, it imposed enormous power cuts on industry,” said Jindal.

The false advertisement, he said, had tarnished the image of the state government and the PSPCL chairman had misused public funds for making a false claim.

“Industrialists now fear power cuts even during day,” said the FOPSIA president.

A group of industrialists, including Pankaj Munjal of Hero Cycles, Onkar Singh Pahwa of Avon Cycles, Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA); and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zonal chairman Gurmeet Kular, on Saturday met chief minister Prakash Singh Badal in Chandigarh to discuss the monetary loss because of power cuts.

Every year, from May to August, industrial production is affected because of power shortage but this year the outage has been so severe that the loss is 25%. Some exporters say they are close to losing their orders.

Janta Nagar Small Scale Manufacturers Association president Jaswinder Singh Thukral said the power supply to his industrial area was only for seven hours a day. “The problem that started 20 days ago has become intense over the past one week,” he claimed.

Industrialist Gurmeet Kular said fluctuation had damaged many machines that needed constant supply.

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