Poor electricity affects industry outputs
Tourism traders clamour for uninterrupted power supply
Srinagar, Dec 27: With power playing “hide and seek” in industrial estates, the entrepreneurs today complained contraction in output.
The entrepreneurs said government claims notwithstanding, “we are not getting uninterrupted power supply in the industrial estates.”
President, Association of Industrialists Rangreth, Zeshan Majeed said: “Power cuts create problems for the industry owners, not just bringing down the production but also affecting the machinery.”
“There are some machines which require certain degree of temperature to heat up and start work. When there is a power cut, the machine cools down and has to undergo the same process for heating up again when the power is restored,” he said.
He added: “It means loss of power units, as well as time.”
Zeeshan said: “We are paying tariffs as per commercial rates, but still government is not able to provide us uninterrupted power supply. As a result of this we are not able to do our work and finish our projects on time.”
Expressing their displeasure over extended power curtailments in the Valley, president, Chamber of Commerce and Industries Kashmir (CCIK) said: “It is very sad that the government has gone up for extended power curtailments during Chilai-Kalan.”
He stressed the need for providing uninterrupted power supply in the industrial estates.
“Non availability of power at strategic places will have negative effect on winter tourism,” he said.
“The authorities should take measurers on war footing to provide regular electric supply particularly during the harsh winter period in order to give relief to the suffering masses of the valley,” he added.
President Travel Agents Association Kashmir (TAAK) Rauf Tramboo said: “Due to new power curtailment schedule announced by the PDD, tourists are cutting short their stays/vacations citing lack of electricity.”
Tramboo said: “We have worked hard to bring tourists to Kashmir. We held road-shows and exhibitions in different parts of the country to lure tourists to Kashmir. But the power cuts and extended curtailments have wasted all our efforts and hard work as the tourists are cutting their stays short in Kashmir as they are not used to power curtailments.”
“We appeal to the PDD to provide uninterrupted power supply to the areas where there is tourist activities going on.”
Lastupdate on : Tue, 27 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:00:00 IST
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