Industrial units in Durgapur are facing a ridiculous situation where they might have to shut their units because of power supply shortage. Over 33 small-scale industrial units in Durgapur town who were being supplied power by West Bengal Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (WBSSIDC) are now being asked by Corporation to take power supply directly from Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL).
The WBSSIDC issued a notice to the factory owners on January 13 informing them that from January 28 the corporation shall not supply power to the units and asked them to buy electricity directly from DPL.
Earlier WBSSIDC used to sell power by taking it from DPL through its three transformers installed at the Durgapur Industrial Estate.
The DPL is suffering from severe power shortage because of a glitch in its two modern units and a cost overrun-related production in three old ones. Virtually the DPL has now turned into a power supply company from a power generating company.
When the WBSSIDC officials went to disconnect power connection, the factory owners resisted. The corporation officials had to return without disconnecting the power supply.
The industry owners argue that they have no problem taking power from DPL but the security deposit for power supply already with the corporation should be returned first and also be given at least two months’ time to apply for power supply from DPL. The DPL is demanding huge sum of money as security deposit for supplying power to these industrial units.
“We have no objection in taking power from DPL directly but WBSDIDC should return the security deposit we submitted at the time of taking power connection from them. I had deposited around INR 92,000/- as security deposit in 19991 for taking 50 KVA connections from WBSSIDC,” said A N Basu Roy Chowdhury, managing director of Jas Equipments and Engineers Pvt. Ltd. He is also the president of Durgapur Industrial Estate Entrepreneur’s Association.
“Now the DPL has asked me to pay INR 5.2 lakh as security deposit for taking a 100 KVA from them. The WBSSIDC should either return the security deposit amount or adjust with DPL’s security amount or else we will not allow them to disconnect power supply,” said Roy Chowdhury.
Another factory owner Jaswant Kumar Jain, owner of Maa Kali Oil Mill at the Durgapur Industrial Estate also echoed Roy Chowdhury’s voice and added that he has been asked by DPL to pay INR 2 Lakh for taking a 40 KVA connection.
According to sources in WBSSIDC the corporation officials are worried about the dismal power supply and generation situation at DPL. They are even assuming to face the anger of industrial units in Durgapur wrath if they fail to supply them power as per demand.
From the beginning of this month the situation of power supply in the Industrial units in Durgapur worsened further and all the units are facing repeated power cuts due to DPL’s failure.