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SIMA urges exclusion of textile mills from power tariff hike
Nov '11
Drawing attention towards the high dependency of the textile industry on power, the Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) has called upon the Tamil Nadu government to exempt the textile mills from any proposed hike in power charges.

According to SIMA, the textile industry requires about 900 units of power per MW per hour at a constant load uninterrupted all through the year, while power consumption by other industries is much less.

In view of the same, the Association has urged the Chief Ministers of all the southern States to at once plan and separate the feeder for textile industry from other industries so as to make it possible for the textile industry to have access to continuous power supply from power exchanges and private suppliers.

SIMA stated that the textile industry in Tamil Nadu is enduring severe crisis on account of both internal as well as external factors like global economic slump, especially in the EU and the US, and exceptional volatility in cotton and yarn prices. Hence, it urged the State CM to exempt the textile industry from any further rise in power tariffs.

The textile industry in Tamil Nadu, which predominantly happens to be cotton based industry, has been suffering severe scarcity of power over past few years and currently it faces a shortage of about 50 percent.

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