Power is choice, choice power.
With the open access regime in the Uttar Pradesh power sector taking off, Greater Noida residents will soon get to choose their electricity supplier.
If your current supplier is no good, you can switch to the second one.
With the licence to distribute power in Greater Noida, the state-controlled Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam
Limited (PVVNL) has become the second player in the market after Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL), a private company.
The power supply scenario in Greater Noida — a suburb of Noida sub-city in Uttar Pradesh adjoining Delhi — is rife with long power cuts, especially in the summers.
The members of the neighbourhood associations feel the competition between the
two power distributors will improve power supply, and possibly bringing down the rates as well.
The open access regime is about giving consumers the choice to determine their power distributor from a range of choices, just like any other service - from television to mobile telephony.
“The competition will benefit the people,” said D.K. Garg, president of Greater Noida Institutions Association.
The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has invited public objections on the issuance of a licence to the PVVNL to enter the Greater Noida market.
As a norm, the licence is issued only after the objections, if any, have been dealt with. No objections have been received so far and the last date for filing them is May 20.
“A parallel (power) distribution licence will reduce power shortage in the area and expedite the pace of development,” K.G. Puri, PVVNL Noida Superintending Engineer, told Hindustan Times.
The local industry bodies are elated too.
“The move will boost industrial development,” said Association of Greater Noida Industries, general secretary, P.P. Sharma. “We hope to start supply in Greater Noida within two months. We will start with new industrial and institutional consumers and later develop a parallel network in residential sectors.”
PVVNL is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), which is a UP Government enterprise. It is already distributing electricity in a number of UP districts, including the neighbouring Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad and the district of Gautam Buddha Nagar in western U.P.