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UNDERUTILISED: Power shortage has hit expansion plans of the Valavandankottai industrial estate in Tiruchi.
UNDERUTILISED: Power shortage has hit expansion plans of the Valavandankottai industrial estate in Tiruchi.

R. Krishnamoorthy

TIRUCHI: The Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO) has received 92 applications for 72 plots of less than one acre each at Valavandankottai it has proposed to allot under the third phase of expansion, according to informed sources. The Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries’ Association (TIDITSSIA) hopes that that this time around, the SIDCO will provide its backing at the very outset to the new units to overcome obstacles in obtaining power supply at the industrial estate that was started a few years ago to promote entrepreneurship among women.

“It was owing to the impediments created by the local body in the way of securing power supply that only 15 of the 71 plots that were allotted in the first phase could get functional. Likewise, though 40 plots were allotted under the subsequent phase, industrial activities are minimal owing to the same reason,” said S. Sridharan, TIDITSSIA president, emphasising the need to put a firm mechanism in place for provision of uninterrupted power supply to industrial estates.

Expressing apprehensions over the capacity of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board substation at Thuvakkudi to fulfil the power requirement in the range of 3,000 hp for the Valavandankottai industrial estate, he espoused the need for exclusive sub-station there.

Work on establishing the sub-station must be initiated with a sense of urgency, he said, referring to an assurance by the State Government to provide a sub-station for an industrial estate on a minimum area 50 acres.

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