Due to unprecedented power disruptions in Tamil Nadu, primarily because of a shortage of co coal, small and medium enterprises have had to cease operations.
Owners of units stated that they are concerned about the frequent disruptions over the past few days. Due to the high cost diesel, the use of generators for power restoration has become costly.
Power outages of 20-30 minutes duration are often a problem for industrial units in Chennai and Salem.
IANS spoke to a small manufacturing unit that specializes in brake liners. It said that the disruptions to power could cause a serious industrial crisis. The Chief Minister has communicated with the Prime Minister about the Tamil Nadu shortage of coal and hoped that it will be addressed. After two years of economic turmoil and pandemics, we now face a 10% shortage in our daily production. This will result in industry losses.
Many small-scale industrial units stated that they cannot use generators because the price of diesel has risen, and has increased by more than 30%.
A Coimbatore industrial unit that specializes is tool-making faces the same problem. M. Karupuvelan is a qualified machinist, who helped to set up a unit at Coimbatore industrial park. He told IANS that things were going well before the pandemic. We were slowly getting back on track after two years of being closed and in default on loans. However, the constant power outages are now affecting our production. Precision engineering is our business and power cuts can cause disruptions in production. We have to start over, creating major problems. Due to the rising prices of diesel, I cannot afford a generator to replace the power shortfall.
In Tamil Nadu, frequent power outages have become a serious problem. Unit holders said that the government must take steps to remedy the situation and assist the small and medium industry workers who are heavily dependent on the power grid.