Even as prolonged outages have thrown life out of gear, the authorities are yet to provide a backup plan. Although the government was mulling over privatising power distribution in the state, under pressure from the employees of state power companies, it has decided to go slow on its plan.
Initially, the plan was to privatise power distribution in Gurgaon and Panipat districts through a franchisee system.
However, the state authorities had told state discoms that they are not in a hurry.
“The plan has been kept in abeyance for the time being due to strong opposition from the employees of the state-owned power companies,” said a senior government official.
Power distribution companies Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) had a roadmap ready to engage ‘private franchisees’ for power distribution in these two districts and had roped in the Credit Rating and Information Services of India Ltd. (CRISIL), a leading consultancy firm, about a year ago for preparing the execution plans, including terms and conditions for the bidding process.
CRISIL gave its report last year, but there has been no progress since.
As per the original plan, the distribution companies should have completed the exercise for selection of private franchisees to distribute power in the two primary industrialised districts by now.
According to experts, privatisation of power supply would be a solution to power problems in the city.
“But there should be an effective regulatory mechanism,” said a resident.