Deeply annoyed over the deteriorating power crisis, the textile manufacturers affiliated to leading associations in Tirupur cluster have come forward with an appeal to the authorities concerned for speedy commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) project.
People in the allied sectors, like retail trade, have also expressed solidarity to the textile entrepreneurs.
The cluster was presently experiencing power cuts for about five-and a-half hours every day apart from the frequent interruptions in short spells and shut downs in the name of feeder maintenance. “The prevailing power crisis has brought down the apparel production by almost 25 percent,” South India Hosiery Manufacturers Association secretary V. Ponnusamy said.
A. Iqbal, general secretary, Tirupur All Traders Association, was of the opinion that shelving the Kudankulam project at this stage, when the works on the plant has almost been completed at a huge project outlay, would not be a wise move.
“If the safety of people in the vicinity of the plant is the main concern for those who oppose the project, then the Central and State government should either implement projects to provide additional safety measures or rehabilitate the people accordingly instead of scrapping the project altogether,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tirupur Exporters and Manufacturers Association has come forward with an offer to provide employment to people in the neighbourhood of Kudankulam plant, in the textile units in Tirupur if they wanted to relocate themselves from that area.
“We are tendering the proposal to remove the impasse surrounding the commissioning of the plant. The present anti-national happenings around the plant are created by a few people who do not want the country become self-sufficient in power production and thereby stall the industrial growth,” Tirupur Exporters and Manufacturers Association secretary G. R. Senthilvel said.
Keywords: Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant