SRINAGAR: Kashmir Small Scale Industrial Association (KSSIA) here has rubbished the government claims of equitable and balanced industrial growth in the sate saying that industrial units in Kashmir are being discriminated against their counterparts in Jammu.
In a meeting of KSSIA convened at its office headquarters Baghi Ali Mardan Khan under the President Syed Fazal Illahi to deliberate upon continued power woes faced by industry in Kashmir, the expressed their resentment over the poor supply to industries here.
The members said that in contrast to uninterrupted and optimum quality power to the domestic, commercial and industrial consumers in Jammu, the same is ignored here.
They also accused ministers of ignoring their problems mostly in times of crisis.
The members said the erratic supply to their industrial units in the valley has resulted in drastic production losses and this imperfect supply at times damage plant machinery.
The members said that the Industrial Estate at Baghi Ali Mardan is the worst hit on power front as it witnesses the worst power cuts.
They accused the Power Development Department of adopting discriminatory yardsticks for distribution of power to industry in two regions of the state.
President Illahi said that the Industrial Estate Baghi Ali Mardan was more affected because of the poor power infrastructure and distribution management.
He regretted that the receiving station set up on the land of industrial estate for dedicated power supply to the industrial units, was eventually made a common supply station to many other localities in the surrounding areas including unchecked and unmetered supplies to troops.
Any fault in any of these localities because of wind, snow results in snapping of power supply to the whole estate.
He said that disruption in power supply is also caused because of defective and nonfunctional panels, shunt capacitors, switches, changeovers etc which have not been set right or replaced despite repeated requests by the association for years.
The members sought immediate intervention of the state chief minister and other concerned ministries in mitigating their power related problems before the units are forced to take extreme steps including discontinuing their operations and retrench their work force.
They said that the estate would continue to suffer on account of power woes unless a dedicated and well equipped receiving station directly connected to 33 KVA transmission systems is restored or set up separately for it.