Chennai, December 03: Close on the heels of the slump in the hosiery-led garment sector across Tamil Nadu, comes news that the powerloom sector in the state too is facing a crisis, though this time round the problem can be tracked to the government's doorstep.
Published reports indicate that the powerloom industry across Tamil Nadu had to cope with a 30 per cent drop in production during November, largely due to unscheduled power cuts as well as the abysmal quality of power.
An official of the Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) claims that the state had more than 4.5 million active powerlooms churning out a whopping 50 lakh meter of cloth each day. In November, the output fell by 30 percent due to power related problems.
PDEXCIL Vice-Chairman of Southern region V. T. Karunanidhi claims that the production cut has resulted in financial losses for the powerloom owners as they were unable to deliver the orders that were booked.
In fact, besides the powerloom industry, the traders in Erode district too complained of the regular power cuts. Due to the unscheduled power outages, industries in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) class had to incur huge losses.
Tamil Nadu has been witnessing a return of the 'dark days' in recent times after the power utility TNEB did its bit during mid-year to improve things. Load-shedding has resumed in Chennai and the industrial belts across Tamil Nadu are facing acute shortages. The state government has admitted that the central power utilities themselves fell short by 2500 MW in November.