Phagvara, September 8
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) cut off the power supply to the sugar colony here due to non-payment of the unpaid electricity bill of around Rs 45 lakh on Wednesday afternoon. The matter was brought to the attention of Phagwara SDM Satwant Singh, who immediately intervened and power to the settlement was restored late Wednesday evening.
Over 600 family members of the sugar factory’s 150 employees reside in the settlement. The general secretary of BKU (Doaba), Satnam Singh Sahni, also visited the site and brought the matter to the attention of the director of the department of agriculture.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Singh, Manager of Golden Sandhar Mills Limited, Phagwara, has expressed the owners’ inability to run the mill. In a letter written to the Punjab Cane Commissioner on Tuesday evening, he said the factory management was facing difficulties in running the sugar mill’s affairs now.
Factory owner Sukhbir Singh Sandhar said, as discussed with officials at a Sept. 5 meeting, that the company had suffered losses since 2009 due to the downturn. The factory management said, “The state government can run the factory as it has suffered a huge loss of Rs 15 crore.”