Industrial production in Uttarakhand, a hub of around 7,000 manufacturing units, was on Monday hit by the breakdown of the northern grid that derailed essential services, including trains. Power supply, disrupted at 2:30 am, was restored at about 9:30 am, said officials at Uttarakhand Power Corporation, the sole distribution agency in the state. “When there was a breakdown, industrial production in the night and morning shifts was affected,” said principal secretary (industrial development) Rakesh Sharma.
Industrialists confirmed the morning and night shifts in manufacturing units were affected in the state. Several industrial majors such as Tata Motors, Nestle, Hero Motocorp and Bajaj Auto have plants at the Pantnagar and Haridwar industrial estates in the state.
Sources said on an average, industrial production was shut for three-four hours in most units. “There was hardly any work during the morning and night shifts, owing to the disruption of power supply,” said Pankaj Gupta, President of Industries Association of Uttarakhand, an association of small and medium enterprises.
Industrialists said the cost of production would increase if they had power back-up arrangements. “See, we have a power back-up arrangement. But when there is no electricity, the cost of production shoots up,” said an official at Hindustan Unilever, which has a manufacturing unit at Haridwar.