While industrialists, particularly owning induction furnace units, who were slapped with four days power cuts by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) due to power shortage, are virtually left with no business activities, but PSPCL expressed its inability to extend any solution unless Rain God showers another frequent spells of rain in the days to come.
"As we have to close down our industrialists unit for four days in a week, it led to the acute labour shortage as majority of the workers are shifting to other states, as they were not able to earn their livelihood in the induction furnace units by working only for three days in a week" President of Kartar Farm Industrialists Association, Sanjay Gupta, who also owns an induction furnace unit told Hindustan Times.
"Moreover, due to prevailing power cuts, we are even not able to consume the minimum power units, leading to not only the production losses, but also to cough up the minimum power charges, without even using it", Gupta added.
"Situation in the state is so grim that several induction furnace units of Mandi Gobindgarh have already closed their units and shifted to other states and situation would not be different in the city, if such a closure would continue", Sanjeev Bhanot, who runs an induction furnace unit said.
It is clear cut discrimination with the furnace units, as high intensive consumers of power like big Malls, having power connection of more than 5000 KWs are allowed to run freely, but the industry, which directly contributes the nation's economy, were forced to close their shutter down, another industrialist Rajeev Kumar, who owns a Auto parts manufacturing unit said.
When contacted by HT, Engineer-in-Chief of PSPCL, S S Sarna said "current power situation is grim due to acute difference between the demand and supply of power and there is no other alternative than to impose cuts on the high power consuming industry".
"It all depends on the monsoon, let us pray to Rain God for frequent spells of showers to end such power cuts", Sarna said when asked about the continuation of such long power cuts in the days to come.