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Leather industries badly affected by power cut

Serena Josephine. M


Some units think of winding up

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AMBUR/VANIYAMBADI: Regular power cut has hit leather industries in Ambur, Vaniyambadi and Pernambut. The worst-affected, according to industrialists, are the micro and small leather units in these areas.

The leather belt has been facing scheduled load shedding of about two to three hours every day. But industrialists point out there is unscheduled power cut for at least another two hourscrippling production of the leather industries.

Huge problem

“The power cuts have become a huge problem for the leather industries. The worst hit is micro and small industries which do not have backup for power such as generators. This has resulted in production loss. The micro and small units do not get work orders due to the lack of power. ,” said M. Rafeeque Ahmed, President of All India Skin and Hide Tanners and Merchants Association.

There are around 400 leather industries including tanning and footwear industries in Ambur, Vaniyambadi and Pernambut areas. Of this, 65 to 70 per cent are mirco and small leather units, he noted.

Very acute

A member of South India Shoe Manufacturers Association said the problem of power cut was very acute for the leather industries.

“The footwear industries depend on continuous process. Only a few industries have generators but the fuel cost is another worrying factor. The material and labour cost are soaring and the situation is really pathetic,” he observed.

He pointed out that some units were even thinking of winding up the business. “Footwear production has been very much affected. Buyers are serious about logistics. If the order is not executed on time, they could cancel it,” he added.

A. Kesavan, Director of VANITEC said the power suspension is from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. or from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. every week.

“Most of the time, the power suspension is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. We start work after 10 a.m. Some machines need to be switched on before one hour of operation for heat. So, we can start the production at around 11 a.m. If the specified time of power cut is announced at least 15 days earlier, we can arrange the labourers accordingly,” he stated.

He noted that on several occasions, the Electricity Department announced power cut for maintenance work on a weekly basis but do not follow the same.

“We give lay-off for the labourers on that specified day and then the power is not suspended. The department does not follow the regulation putting us in difficulty,” he mentioned.

Mr. Ahmed said they have represented the matter to the government but were told that there was power shortage and the problem will be solved in two to three years.

Industrialists also suggested that the government seek power supply from States in the northern region which have surplus power supply.

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