The Association of Industries and Commerce (ICA) sent an SoS to Chief Minister Hemant Soren to take action to ensure uninterrupted power supply to industries based on the industrial belt of Dhanbad, Govindpur, Ramgarh as well as others which depend on the power supply of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) via JBVNL owned by the state government.
The president of the BNSingh association, in a letter to CM, says industrial units face hours of power outages ranging from 10 to 15 hours a day, forcing the workforce to remain inactive. This is the condition for industries to pay their electricity bills on time. If the situation remains the same, it would be impossible to manage the industries, he added.
The situation on the domestic front is the same as domestic consumers face long hours of blackouts and at the same time face inflated bills at the end of the month. The surprising PLUS is that even the common man pays his bill on time but does not get regular electricity.
Singh has called on the state government to hold talks with DVC to improve the power supply to its districts in the command area.
It should be mentioned here that seven districts of Jharkhand including Dhanbad, Bokaro, Ramgarh, Koderma, Hazaribagh Chatra and Giridih depend for all purposes on the power supply of the DVC. Very often, when the Company fails to secure money for its power supply, it regulates the supply up to long hours ranging from eight to ten hours per day. Instead, the JBVNL also regulates the supply to its customers, both industrial and domestic, which spans twelve hours a day.