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Frequent power cuts in Erode hurts production
04
Sep '08
Recurrent power cuts in Erode for the past five days have hit the textile and garment industry hard.

Halting of production was one of the most obvious consequences and the power loom output was the worst affected incurring a loss in production worth Rs5 million daily.

What disturbed the manufacturers most was the fact that the power cut went way beyond the officially announced span of two hours. Even the citizens in the district complained of experiencing power shortage three times a day, each extending for three hours.

When confronted, the Electricity Board officials stated that the erratic supply of power was inevitable since the hydel and thermal power stations were proving incapable of meeting the growing demand for power.

Industrial sources told Fibre2fashion that power supply being one of the major and basic requirements for any industry, can lead to a virtual collapse in case of shortage. Need of the hour is to ensure a smooth flow of electricity and reduction in tariff on the same.

It was also informed that hand looms and other factories in the region have declared a holiday and have relieved laborers from their jobs. This has forced a large number of workers in the textile industry to diversify their means of livelihood and hunt for job in other sectors bringing the textile sector to a standstill.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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