The return of staggering 16-hour power outage in Salem city and its district has revived once again a series of protests. Weavers of both powerlooms and handlooms in Salem city and its neighbourhood on Wednesday staged dharna against TANGEDCO Office in Udayapatti for nearly three hours.
Protesting against the resumption of long duration unscheduled power cuts, which they claimed had crippled their industry once again, the weavers from Periyar Nagar, VOC Nagar and Sri Nagar took out a protest march and staged a dharna on the premises of TANGEDCO office at Udayapatti, forcing the officials to remain indoors. They insisted on the officials to supply them uninterrupted power supply of at least five hours so that they could operate their looms without any break. They raised slogans against the State and TANGEDCO for not addressing their issue that had started affecting their livelihood sources.
They pointed out that in the past three years the State had been experiencing load shedding affecting small and medium scale industries such as weaving and textile units, welding and lathe workshops, silver anklet industry and furniture manufacturers, etc.
SE In-charge, Salem TANGEDCO Division, K. Senthilrajan and EE, East, K. Rajasekaran held talks with them. They promised to take necessary steps to provide uninterrupted supply of power for a minimum of four hours. The city and its district have been experiencing a prolonged power cut of 16 hours once again from this week affecting the normal life of all sections of people. The power has been reduced to 10 hours after the government effected a two-hour load shedding in Chennai city recently.
But the respite is short-lived with long duration power outage returning from Monday to haunt the general public.