The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) will hear the review petition filed by UT Powermen Union challenging the study on shortage of manpower conducted by the electricity department on October 14.
Following the direction of the commission, the electricity department had conducted the manpower study that pointed out that the department is managing its affairs with a mere 58% of the sanctioned staff with 961 employees against the total sanctioned strength of 1,668.
The last sanction for officer-level manpower was provided in 1992 and there has also been no change in the existing management structure of the department.
As per the study, the department has witnessed significant growth in the load and the number of connections over the past 20 years. The electricity load has increased three times and the number of connections has gone up by almost 80%. There are nearly 2 lakh consumers of which, 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category.
The study states that the consumer profile is unique in Chandigarh as it is a capital city of Punjab and Haryana. The expectations and demands of the consumers have been increasing and are currently at par with most metros in India. The study also noted that there are many recurring supply related complaints in the area under control of the electricity department.
The study observed that the lack of professional and technology-oriented staff results in lack of preventive maintenance, lack of network health analysis studies, etc.