Kanpur: More than 7,000 small industrial units in the city downed their shutters on Thursday to protest against the state government's decision to hike electricity tariffs, according to a business association.
According to the Indian Industries Association (IIA), the shut down would affect businesses worth Rs 250 crore and the state government could see a revenue loss of about Rs 65 crore.

They also claimed that factories and small units in 20 other districts of the state are closed due to the decision to raise power tariff. IIA Chairman Sunil Vaishya told reporters that the state
government arbitrarily increased the electricity tariff by 40 percent on October 19 without any prior notice, which was higher than other states.

Earlier, industrial units were getting electricity at Rs six per unit and post hike, it has increased to Rs eight per unit, he said.


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