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Tirupur textile makers hope KNPP will end power woes
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Dec '11
The textile manufacturers of Tirupur in south Indian State of Tamil Nadu are hopeful that early commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) project would bring an end to their power problems arising out of the deteriorating power situation in the State.

The textile cluster in Tirupur is currently facing a 6-8 hours of power cut everyday, which is affecting their industrial production, and hence textile manufacturers from the town have appealed to the concerned authorities for making the KNPP project operational at the earliest.

Putting his point across, Mr. C Easwaran, Managing Partner of Tirupur-based Amirtham Textile Mills told fibre2fashion, “Currently there is around 7 hours of daily cut in power supply to our textile mill which brings down the efficiency to 60 percent. If the KNPP becomes operational, we can put the power supply to 100 percent use.”

Mr. V Ponnusamy, General Secretary, South India Hosiery Manufacturers' Association, avers, “Tamil Nadu is facing acute shortage of power, which has resulted in slowing down of industrial production and workers employed in the plants are deprived of sufficient work.”

Explaining the importance of power, he said, “Energy and economy grow hand-in-hand and we must look out for additional power for immediate requirements and for our future production of more and better goods, and irrigation for better farming.”

Once the KNPP project becomes operational, it is likely to benefit the entire industrial sector in Tamil Nadu, according to Mr. GR Senthil, Secretary, Tirupur Exporters and Manufacturers Association & MD, Tremendouss Exports, a garment manufacturing company in Tirupur.

He says, “Currently, the textile industries in Tirupur are facing power cut for almost 6 to 8 hours and are compelled to use diesel generators. If KNPP becomes operational, it will help our industries and would pave the way for greater industrial growth, which, in turn, would enhance standard of living of the working class.”

“Atomic power is the cheapest amongst all kinds of power generation, and hence it could be a perfect alternative for the thermal plants, and carbon emission will also be reduced,” he adds.

Rejecting the fears about safety of KNPP project, Mr. Senthil says, “There is absolutely no threat from the Kudankulam plant. Former President of India and atomic scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, after inspecting the safety features of the plant said that the Kudankulam plant has 3G safety aspects. He also said that the nuclear plant is built at a correct height and there is no threat of damage from Tsunami. Even the Expert Panel has also confirmed that the power plant is 100 percent safe.”

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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