Acute power crisis in Tamil Nadu likely to force industries to shift

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 10:59 hrs

Coimbatore: With almost 16 hours of power cuts crippling the industrial sector in Tamil Nadu, industrial associations held an emergency meeting in Coimbatore to discuss the likely solution of shifting their units to other areas in the country.

Over 140 industrial associations convened a meeting here on Saturday to discuss the various problems faced by them.

Balasundaram, a member of the Tamil Nadu Power Consumers Joint Association, said units are being forced to run without power and are facing a crisis situation in the state.

"Last meeting, our association of small scale industries said that the money that three generations of our family made, we are lasting on it. There are many industries, companies, which have wiped out what was accumulated in the last 20 years, because the utilization has been so low and today if you let go workers. You will never find them again. So, they have been continuing to run without power," he said.

Moreover, the Tamil Nadu Government has reportedly violated the court's order on equal distribution of power to engineering industries across the state.

Parts of Tamil Nadu is reportedly experiencing power cuts that last for 12 to 16 hours a day.

Currently, the state faces a shortfall of about 4000 megawatt, and during the peak season, it needs 13500 MW of power.

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