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Power woes: industry demands dedicated electricity official 

PANAJI: With regular supply of power being a recurring problem faced by units, industry on Monday demanded a dedicated official from the electricity department to handle the daily power woes.

The demand for an engineer devoted full-time to solve the power problems of industry was from the GCCI and the GSIA on Monday during a meeting with government and GIDC officials.

According to both the associations, since most industrial estates face power issues on a daily basis the problem can only be solved if an engineer from the electricity department is made in-charge of power supply to industrial estates.

The meeting identified lack of transformers, absence of underground cables feeder lines as some of the long-term issues affecting power supply in industrial estates. According to industrial units, the state power situation needs to be corrected through additional infrastructure.  Industry pointed out that, most of the transformers in the industrial estates are running to full capacity and there is an urgent need to keep standby transformers on hand in times to break down.

The meeting was with Nila Mohanan, power secretary, Neelkant Reddy, chief engineer, electricity department, Nilesh Cabral, chairman, GIDC, Narayan Gad, managing director, Sandip Bhandare, president, GCCI and Raj Kumar Kamat, president, GSIA.

Industry is the biggest customer of power purchasing around 65 per cent of the total power consumed in the state. The demand from units is for a series of short term and long term measures to provide regular power supply.

In the short term, the demand is to replace the age-old conductors, up-gradation of sub-stations, underground cabling etc., and in the long term the requirement is for additional sub-stations at industrial estates. According to industry, the power woes are large related to distribution as the state receives adequate power supply from the national grid.

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