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Garment units see dull Deepavali

POWERLESS:Power sewing machines remain idle at Puthiyamputhur in Tuticorin district on Wednesday.— Photo: N. Rajesh

POWERLESS:Power sewing machines remain idle at Puthiyamputhur in Tuticorin district on Wednesday.— Photo: N. Rajesh  

The approaching Deepavali season does not augur well for stakeholders in the garment units at Puthiyamputhur and Ottapidaram block as unprecedented and frequent power cuts have disrupted production in many units.

With the advent of modern technology, sewing machines that were once operated manually have been converted into power based machines. But with the acute shortage of electricity, it has sorely affected the livelihood of more than 15,000 families involved in the industry at Puthiyamputhur.

During the previous Deepavali season, the garment industry here fetched an income of more than Rs.10 lakh but this year production could not be executed even for a market value of Rs. 5 lakh, T. Manohar, president, Readymade Garment Traders Association, Puthiyamputhur, said on Wednesday.

The frequent power cuts also affected the quality of the garments, he added.

With 12 to 14 hours of power cut everyday, production was not enough to suit the requirements of buyers. It became difficult to manage manpower during power disruption.

“With power gensets, production can be managed only to some extent,” K. R. Palraj, a trader said. Selvaraj, proprietor of a garment unit, said delivery orders could not be executed as buyers demand bulk purchase every year during Deepavali season.

To offset power failure, when diesel-based power gensets were used, the cost of garments turned costlier with an additional cost of Rs.14 to Rs.18 being incurred in each piece. Mukesh, a Madurai-based wholesale dealer, said that this year the market trend was absolutely dull at Puthiyamputhur.

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