To tide over shortage, Uttar Pradesh to cut power to industries

September 8th, 2008 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 8 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to impose an eight-hour power cut on heavy industries to tide over the shortage for domestic consumers plagued by the severe heat and humidity. According to the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), the power cuts would save around 400 MW of electricity, which would in turn be supplied to the domestic consumers.

“The decision has been taken to meet the demand of domestic consumers as the prevailing weather conditions have resulted in a steep demand for electricity in the state,” Avnish Awasthi, UPPCL managing director, told IANS.

Against a demand of 8,800 MW, the UPPCL has managed only 6,400 MW, resulting in power cuts to the heavy industries.

Of the 6,400 MW available, 1,500 MW is supplied to industry. The decision to go for power cuts will not affect the small and medium industries, UPPCL sources informed.

A majority of the heavy industries in the state prefer to work at night due to the reduced tariff then.

The big industries have expressed unhappiness over the decision. Indian Industries Association (IIA) president (Kanpur Chapter) Sunil Vaish told IANS: “The decision of the state government, besides incurring a loss for the industries to the tune of Rs.500 crore-1,000 crore (Rs.5-10 billion), will also affect employment.”

Most of the skilled and unskilled labourers employed by the industries work on night shifts. With the power cuts, their services will not be required, he added.

“Our delegation is planning to petition Chief Minister Mayawati to roll back the decision or to reduce cuts to four hours,” IIA executive director D.S. Verma said.

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