Power cuts force industrial units to stop production: BBIA

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 29: Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA) has claimed that in view of unscheduled power curtailment, many industrial units have been forced to stop production.
An urgent meeting of BBIA was held here today under the leadership of Lalit Mahajan in the presence of Suresh Mahajan, senior vice president, Ajay Langer- general secretary and Viraaj Malhotra -Treasurer BBIA and other members to discuss the frequent un-scheduled power cuts imposed by the PDD in the Industrial complex, Bari Brahmana.
The members present in the meeting raised serious concern as Power Development Department (PDD) has failed to supply uninterrupted power to Industrial sector of Bari Brahmana for the last 15 days, resulting in stoppage of industrial activities and huge financial losses to them.
They said the acute power crisis is being faced for the last two weeks and PDD officials are making excuses of fault in the Hiranagar Nagar power line, faulty transformer at Gladni Grid Station etc. In spite of our repeated requests and reminders to Chief Engineer System and Operation, no action has been taken by the Department for the repair of damaged Transformer at Gladni Grid Station. The power supply remains switched off without any intimation to the Industrial Units on the excuse of overloading of system.
It has been brought to our notice that the Power supply to Industrial areas of Bari Brahmana, Gangyal and Birpur were shifted from the Hira Nagar-Gladni line to some other line resulting frequent un-scheduled Power cuts in the Industrial area resulting disturbance in the production process due to which huge financial losses have been reported by the Industrial Units.
They said BBIA complex is contributing about Rs 160 crores annually for the power supply to the Industrial units whereas, Department has failed to supply quality power.
The Members present in the meeting appealed to the Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene into the matter and issue immediate orders for the restoration of 24 hours uninterrupted power supply to the Industrial sector of Bari Brahmana, Birpur and Gangyal.