Special Correspondent

`Free power to ryots results in wastage'

  • Nominal charges should be collected from them: Rama Rao
  • Jute park mooted in Vizag

    Srikakulam: The president of the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Industries, B.V.Rama Rao, on Wednesday made a strong plea for supply of quality power to industrial units, pointing out that the problem of low voltage had been resulting in hardship and financial loss to the industries.

    Recalling the assurance of the Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy to ensure quality power to industries Mr.Rama Rao said that the voltage had gone down to as low as 375 while the requirement was more than 440 volts. There was power cut of three to four hours even on power- feeders. This had been causing hardship to labour-intensive industrial units, Mr.Rama Rao said.

    Mr.Rama Rao said that obsolete machinery was the cause of frequent breakdowns in power supply. He wanted steps to replace this machinery on a priority basis. Welcoming the industrial policy of Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy Government, which would help boost industrial development, Mr.Rama Rao said `the industry in the State would be happy if uninterrupted quality power is supplied six days in a week and the seventh day is made a holiday for power supply'.

    Revival package

    Mr.Rama Rao had also advocated imposition of a nominal charge on power supplied to farmers. According to him, free power supply to farmers would result in lot of wastage. This could be avoided by collecting nominal charges from the farmers. On the large number of sick units in the State and the FAPI's efforts to revive them, Mr.Rama Rao said that the Government had announced a package for revival of sick units, but people were not coming forward to make use of the package. Owners of small-scale units needed to be enlightened on this.

    Mr.Rama Rao said that he had written to the Chief Minister, Rajasekhara Reddy, requesting him to establish a modern jute park at Visakhapatnam and the latter responded favourably. The Chief Minister's office had already written to official concerned to take action on his representation. Jute industry has a bright future in the State, he said.