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Patliputra Industrial Area

Businessmen have sought compensation for their losses since a technical snag in the 132KV transmission line in western Patna hit industrial production.

Patliputra Industrial Area falls in the area hit by the technical snag, disrupting power supply in western Patna since Sunday. The businesses in the area include shopping complexes, fabric outlet and restaurant chains. Of more than 100 small and medium industrial and other units, around 50 business and industrial units have been affected by the disruption.

Sources in the power company said the situation is expected to be normalised by Friday.

Expressing concern, the industries have demanded resumption of regular power supply from alternative sources. Failing that, the entrepreneurs have claimed they would be forced to shut down their units.

Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries vice-president Subhash K. Patwari told The Telegraph: “Most of the units located in the industrial area are closed as power is available for two hours and off for another two hours. How would the units, which require continuous power supply, run?”

Patwari, who runs three steel rolling plants, was critical of the power distribution companies’ failure to deal with the restoration work. His own units are also closed for paucity of power supply.

He claimed his units, closed for paucity of power supply, is facing a loss of at least Rs 10 lakh. He added: “This has really affected trade and business as there are some fixed costs such as payment to labourers and energy that we have to have bear at any cost. If commitment to supply a particular product cannot be met, it brings embarrassment to an industrialist.”

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s state unit chairman Satyajit Kumar said milk-based units have been the worst sufferers of the poor power supply. They have to run chilling units to process and manufacture the products.

“If the problem of power supply persists beyond three-four days, it would be really difficult to run the industrial units, the even small ones,” said Kumar, who owns Shakti Sudha Industries that processes makhana (fox nut) in the industrial area.

Bihar Industries Association president Arun Agarwal said: “We appeal to the chairman and managing director of Bihar State Power (Holding) Company to ensure restoration of power supply to the Patliputra Industrial Area from alternative sources and compensate the losses accrued by the industrial units because of unavailability of power.”

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