Hundreds of members of the Sangrur District Industrial Chamber (SDIC) on Monday blocked the Ludhiana-Hisar highway at Dhuri, demanding from the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) the restoration of Category 2 Industrial Feeder (IF) status for the supply of power to industries along Dhuri-Sangrur and Dhuri-Sherpur roads.
Uninterrupted supply to these industries had been stopped as the PSPCL officials sanctioned residential load on the industrial feeders at Dhuri as a result the residential load on these feeders increased from the scheduled limit of 10%, they said.
Meanwhile, industrialists of the district also staged an indefinite dharna at the Sangrur bypass.
The long traffic jam caused inconvenience to the commuters, who have to wait for several hours in the scorching sun.
Talking to Hindustan Times, coordinator of the Sangrur District Industrial Chamber Sumer Garg said: "As the domestic load has increased from the fixed 10% on Dhuri-Sherpur and Dhuri-Sangrur roads, the industries along these roads are not getting uninterrupted power supply."
"As the powercom cannot stop electricity supply to the domestic consumers, they should take steps to ensure adequate and uninterrupted supply to the industry as per their right,"he added.
Though the industrialists lifted the dharna on the assurance of Dhuri sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), they warned to continue with their agitation until their demand of uninterrupted power supply to the industry was not met, he added.
There are more than 50 units of agriculture equipments and plastic goods along these roads.
Darshan Singh Dhanoa, SDIC president, Dhuri block, in a letter to KD Chaudhary, chief managing director (CMD), PSPCL, urged to revise a scheduled limit of 10% ratio of residential load on industrial feeder to 20% so that industrial feeder status at Dhuri could be restored and industry could flourish in Sangrur district.
When contacted, Dhuri SDM, said: "The blockade was removed and a meeting between industrialists and PSPCL officers had been arranged. The issue will be solved soon."