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Proposed powertariff hike opposed

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana , August 22, 2014
First Published: 13:30 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:32 IST(22/8/2014)

The local industrial bodies are up in arms against the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for its recent proposal to increase power tariff in the state.

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Industrialists said they would suffer losses due to the increased power tariff. The Ludhiana industry claimed that it was already going through a rough phase and any increase in electricity would give it a blow.

Badish Jindal, national president of Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII), said: “The cost of power is already too high in the state due to which the industry is suffering and any further increase will force them to close their units,” Jindal said.

Earlier in the past, the industrialists had complained that they did not get proper electricity supply due to which their production suffered.

Gurmeet Kular, president of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO), said the industry was already facing a tough time and it would not be possible for it to bear further expenses.

The new percentage of the proposed increase would be imposed with effect from April 1. Even the political parties have jumped into the fray to oppose the move of the PSPCL to increase the cost of power.

Fatehgarh Sahib member of Parliament Harinder Singh Khalsa had also expressed concern over the recent announcement of the Badal government to increase electricity prices and take them from consumers retrospectively from April.

Khalsa said both the steps were wrong and anti-people and would further burden the common man reeling under the pressures of high inflation and rising food prices.

He added the Badal government was making the lives of the people “miserable”.

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