The industry is outraged by PSPCL's request to change the weekly off.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is proposing temporary solutions that would do a major damage to the business . Businesses in Ludhiana are outraged by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited's informal bid to reschedule their weekly offs to days other than Sunday .

Ludhiana: Businessmen in the city are outraged by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL)'s informal bid to reschedule their weekly offs to days other than Sunday.PSPCL said that instead of tackling the issue of the power shortage, it was proposing temporary solutions that would do a major damage to the business.According to the state government, PSPCL was used to informally place power cuts rather than accepting the crisis by requiring businessmen to keep factories open on days chosen by the government.PSPCL is informally contacting businessmen and their associations to keep the factories open on Mondays or Tuesdays, according to Jaswinder Singh Thukral, president of the Janta Nagar Small-Scale Manufacturers Association (JSMA).

This offer will be rejected because it would be impossible for us to change our weekly off at such a short notice.PSPCL must arrange uninterrupted electricity rather than forcing us to keep our factories running, according to Narinder Mittal, the general secretary of Ludhiana Business Forums.And if we want to function, we would be required to burn fuel worth thousands of rupees on those days.The government is resorting to this joke rather than admitting to a serious power shortage in the state and proposing a solution, according to Sunil Mehra, state general secretary of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal.

Secondly, it does not mean that there will be any scheduled power cut on the days designated for weekly off.This appeal has been made only with the intention of evenly distributing the electricity demand, which is now very high on weekdays and very low on Sunday, which is industry's weekly off.