Finally the power crisis is affecting even the fisherman!. From 14-11-2008, thousands of fishermen from all over Tamil Nadu went on an indefinite strike as ice plants supplying ice blocks used to preserve fish, will remain closed from 15-11-2008 . Fishermen said they could not venture into the sea without the blocks as fish have to be preserved for use and also sent to other parts of the state. The Ice Plant owners' Association president A Turkemen said talks with Revenue Divisional officer Elang ovan on their demand that the Electricity Board give them adequate quantity of Power (35,000 units per plant) had failed.
They have been restricted to use less than 30% of the required power; i.e 11,000 units. 'Till 11,000 units we have to pay Rs 4.40. After that we have to pay market rate', he said.Hence, 75% power cut prevailing In Tamil Nadu is highest among southern states. For example, Kerala is having only 20% power restriction.
Ice plant owners are also demanding that they be given concessions on par with farm industries. About 40,000 workers employed in the fishing and ice plant industries are likely to be affected by the strike.
Mr N Devadoss, President, Turaimuga fishermen association and S Anthony, Vercode fishermen's association said this was the
peak season for fishing. But they were going on strike as they had no other alternative.