Power outages in Valley IEs
Srinagar, Nov 17: The Valley entrepreneurs today complained poor electricity supply to the industrial estates in Kashmir. They said the production in the industrial estates has come down sharply.
Presidents of various industrial estates told Greater Kashmir that the production in the estates has slipped considerably due to bad supply and poor quality of power.
“The unscheduled power cuts are really giving a tough time to us. We have to bear with eight to ten unscheduled power cuts of varied durations every day,” president, Kashmir Small Scale Industries Association, Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan, Syed Fazal Illahi said.
“Every day, we face extended power cuts during peak working hours due to which we are suffering a lot of problems. Some of the unit holders are planning to close down their units in view of heavy cost of production and losses they incur due to power outage,” Illahi said.
He said that they had time and again raised the issue with the officials concerned, who come up with different “excuses.”
“Unfortunately the power ministry has been retained by chief minister who is not accessible to common people, of which the PDD officials take undue advantage,” the unit holders at Bagh-I- Ali Mardan Khan IE said, adding that despite their pleas with the department “nobody takes us seriously.” The unit holders said despite paying power tariffs as per the meter reading, “we are facing power cuts.”
The unit holders who talked to Greater Kashmir said even if there was any need to cut the power there should have been a fixed time schedule. “When there is no fixed time for the load shedding, you don’t remain prepared. Every sudden and abrupt power cut, causes damage to the machines,” they said.
“Every time during winters Power Development Department resorts to indiscriminate power cuts and when we raise the issue with concerned quarters, they reply that during winter months power generation is affected by less water level in rivers. But how is it possible when at the same time Jammu based Industrial estates enjoy uninterrupted power supply?” asked a unit holder at Zainakote IE.
The unit holders suggested: “If at all it is important to have any curtailment in power, they should do it at morning or evening time, since it’s our working hours during the day.”
“Some mechanical operations are complex. Sometimes, for example, it takes hours together to raise the temperature of a particular machine, and when it is hot enough to start operations, there is a sudden power cut rendering hours’ process useless in a blink of second. It can also damage the machine,” said Afaq Qadiri, an industrialist.
He said when it is power failure hundreds of employees working in different industrial estates across the Valley had to sit idle.
Qadri said the supply as well as the quality of the power is extremely bad. “At times the voltage is too low to run our machines,” he said.
He said: “We have even apprised the authorities about the power problem, but so far nothing has happened.”
When contacted, Chief Engineer PDD, Muzaffar Mattoo told Greater Kashmir that “we ensure uninterrupted power supply to all the industrial estates.”
“There are no power curtailments in the industrial estates, we are making sure that industrial estates are provided uninterrupted power supply especially from 9 AM to 6 PM,” Mattoo said, adding that however for two days there was some work going on “maybe because of that, power supply would have been slightly interrupted.”
Lastupdate on : Sat, 17 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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