Small exporters in trouble due to long-hour power cut

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Karur, Oct 10 (UNI) The Karur Exporters Association today expressed shock over the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board's (TNEB) announcement that power supply would be cut off for six and half hours a day.

In a statement here, Association Secretary P Gopalakrishnan alleged that the state government and the electricity board had become ''inactive.'' Industries like textiles were struggling to fulfil their commitments, he added.

In Karur, a small exporter, who spent about Rs two lakh per month against fixed expenses, had to spend an additional Rs 50,000 on generator, owing to the existing five-hour power cut, increasing their total expenses by 25 per cent.

Due to the extended power cut, the expenses may go up and the exporters would suffer huge loss while executing the existing orders.

With the increased production cost, there was no scope for obtaining new orders, he lamented.

He pointed out that the exporters depended mainly on small weaving factories in villages, many of which did not have generator facilities. This led to production loss and ultimately, the exporters had to airlift the consignments due to delay in production.

If the situation continued, the exporters would be forced to shut down the units and lakhs of people would loss jobs, he warned and urged the state government to act immediately and streamline the power cut so that the factories could continue their production uninterruptedly.

Meanwhile, all the shops and business concerns remained closed at Arantangi in Pudukkottai district in protest against the extended power cut even as members of various political parties staged a slogan shouting demonstration in front of the TNEB office at Alangudi in Pudukkottai district.

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