A power shortage in India has brought production to halt in all major industries in West Bengal.
TGV PAN Power station not working (2 shots)
SV Men carrying out maintenance
SV Engineer carrying out maintenance
GV EXTERIOR India Oxygen Limited building
SV PAN INTERIOR Machinery lying idle and stacks of tyres (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Basanti Cotton mills building
CU & SV INTERIOR Looms and machinery idle (2 shots)
SCU PAN Workers lying and sitting on pavement
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Background: A power shortage in India has brought production to halt in all major industries in West Bengal. In Calcutta, shops have been ordered by the Government to close early in the evening. And there are now fears of mass labour unrest if workers have their pay cut or are laid-off.
SYNOPSIS: The already inadequate power supply has now been severely restricted because of maintenance problems at the Bandel Thermal Power Station. two of the four units at the station have bee out of action since Monday (9 April).
Engineers and technicians have been working round the clock to restore the power supply. Industry in India is plagued by poor supplies, largely due to losses in transmission and poor maintenance, but this present shortage is one of the worst to hit the West Bengal area.
The India Oxygen Company's factory has been closed until power supplies are restored and like many of the factories in Calcutta, machines lie idle.
The West Bengal Government has called for all major industries to cease production for six days from Tuesday (10 April). This is the first phase of a plan which will be enforced until power supplies are restored and once power supplies have been restored, rationing is likely to be enforced.
Cotton mills have been abandoned. The production, halted in midstream, has left half-completed cloth lying in the looms. Erratic production has become a common characteristic of Indian industry as power supplies become increasingly inadequate. About one million workers have been affected by the power blackout, and this includes farm labourers as well as factory workers.
Now with workers unable to earn wages, and shop owners forced to close early, the fears of labour unrest in the state have become very real.