Shankar Bennur

It is in the wake of frequent power outages

MIA may approach Government with

the proposal

Production hit owing to power outages

MYSORE: Industries in Mysore and its surrounding areas, whose production has been severely hit in the wake of power outages, are thinking to declare a “weekly holiday” if the State Government ensures area-wise uninterrupted power supply for five days a week.

Frequent power outages in 10 industrial estates in and around Mysore have affected production, according to the industrialists here.

They are of the view that the industrial areas could be divided into zones and industries in each zone could be asked to declare holiday for a day other than Sunday. This will enable better utilisation of available power.

Perturbed over disruption in production, the Mysore Industrialists’ Association, which represents industries in Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajnagar districts, is collecting opinion from industrialists of 10 industrial estates on approaching the Government with a proposal of declaring a “weekly holiday” for industries if it ensures uninterrupted power supply for five days.

The MIA General Secretary, Suresh Kumar Jain, told The Hindu that the industries were unable to complete work on time owing to power outages.

“We are not being informed about power shutdowns despite being the highest electricity bill payers. We understand the State’s power situation, but at least if KPCTL ensures uninterrupted supply for five days, we shall complete our production orders and give weekly holiday to the industries,” he said.

Mr. Jain said industries in Peenya Industrial Estate in Bangalore had announced weekly holiday to get uninterrupted power supply and the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) had been giving area-wise uninterrupted power supply.

“Although there are industries which run their production using diesel generators during power outages, most of the units depend on power supply and therefore their survival depends on the extent of production,” he said.

Among the 10 industrial estates, two had been established by the Mysore city corporation, three by the Karnataka State Industries Development Corporation (KSIDC) and five by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB). The prominent among them were Hebbal industrial area, Metagalli industrial area, Hootagalli industrial area, Belawadi Industrial area, Yadavagiri industrial area, Industrial Suburban Area in Mysore north, he said.

Mr. Jain said that according to government records, 22,000 industries, including small, medium and large units, were operating in Mysore district.

“Mysore city alone has 15,000 industries, including IT companies. These industries are using power ranging from 1 HP to 10 HP. They are paying power bills up to Rs. 10 lakh,” he added.

Mr. Jain said industries which used more than 15 HP power, had established plants for captive power generation.

“Since it is expensive, not all of them here have such a facility. Only large industries have captive power generation units and the rest depend on electricity supply,” he added.

Since production had been affected because of power outages, the industries in Mysore were now planning to announce a “weekly holiday” provided the Government promised uninterrupted power supply for five days a week, Mr. Jain said.

However, Mr. Jain said that the preliminary opinion had been “positive” and the industries were in favour of declaring holiday for one or two days if uninterrupted power was promised.