Nalagarh: Himachal Pradesh which advertised itself as a power surplus state while wooing the industry during the industrial package era has been reduced to a power deficit state in a span of 5 years.
Industrialists in the Baddi-Barotiwala- Nalagarh region (BBN), which has the maximum concentration of industries in the state have been facing the brunt of scheduled power cuts this summer season.
Advisor to BBN Industries’ Association Deepak Bhandari said there was a shortage of 18-20 per cent between the demand and supply of power for the industries in the BBN belt.
He blamed the fall in power generation and the spurt in influx of industries to the BBN region in the last four to five months for the paucity of power. He said the electricity department has failed to provide adequate infrastructure for the rise in demand for power as the number of industrial units increased in the state.
The industrialists in the region are already sore over the issue of continuation of the excise incentive for industries coming to the state after March 31 this year as there is no clarity on the issue. Adequate power supply has been one of the major attractions for industries coming to the state and the state government should pay attention to the industry’s power demands, they demanded.
Sunil Grover, Director, Power Regulation said power generation this year has been less compared to the last year. Power generation this year is only 19-19.7 million units daily as against the demand of 20.5-21 million units of electricity every day.
The state is also selling electricity to other states in the plains at higher rates leaving the industry in the state to face power cuts.