Industrial associations here, representing mainly the medium and large-scale units, have sought waiver of cross subsidy charges to procure power through open access.

Representatives of textile mills, foundries, engineering units, and small-scale industries recently met the electricity minister, Coimbatore Mayor, and the chief engineer of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, Coimbatore.

In a memorandum submitted to the State Government, the associations said that power shortage in the State should be distributed in a uniform manner to all consumers so that there is equitable availability of power.

Restrictions

The levy of Value Added Tax on diesel for generators should be exempted and the Government should encourage High Tension consumers to buy power from other sources by simplifying the process of obtaining no objection certificate. It should impose restrictions on extravagant lighting, promote use of CFLs, and ensure that power supply was available for a specific duration during the day.

High Tension consumers should be able to purchase power from third party power generators or through open access.

This would reduce their dependence on the grid.

Members of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, will send email to the Chief Minister seeking action so that the industries, trade and the public get a relief from the 14 hours of power cut a day.

Representatives of textile mills, foundries, engineering units, and small-scale industries submit memorandum to State Government

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