Demanding uninterrupted and quality power supply to the industrial units, Tirunelveli District Small and Tiny Industries Association (NELSTIA) members, whose business has been almost devastated due to prolonged power cuts, staged a day-long dharna at Jawahar Ground in Palayamkottai on Thursday.
The protestors said the State Government, which was ensuring uninterrupted and quality power supply to the multinational companies, had chosen to ignore the domestic manufacturing units' repeated appeal for continuous electricity supply. Even as the existing manufacturing units, particularly tiny, small and medium industries, were struggling a lot and their very survival had very much become uncertain, the transnational companies were getting high quality electricity without break.
While the residents and the industries other parts of Tamil Nadu were reeling under a minimum of 3-hour-long power cut, Chennai, where the scheduled power cut was not imposed till recently, had been given just one-hour “load-shedding”.
“Though the government has announced that only 3-hour long power cut would be clamped in other parts of Tamil Nadu, several areas were experiencing blackout for more than five hours, which has hit the industries very hard,” the manufacturers alleged.
The affected industrialists demanded that the Tamil Nadu Government, while expediting the execution of the power projects for which permission had already been granted, should try to get the entire quantum of power being generated at Kalpakkam, Neyveli etc. for the benefit of the local manufacturing units.
NELSTIA office-bearers Anantha Sekar, Sundaresan and others addressed.