The UT electricity department will soon be unbundled and corporatised, if all goes as per plans.
Under pressure from the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for restructuring and reformation, which is mandatory as per the Electricity Act, 2003, a proposal has been mooted for corporatisation of the department.
The commission had pulled up electricity department during a public hearing session early this month for delay in enforcing the mandate of Electricity Act, 2003, pertaining to corporatisation following with action has been initiated.
Once the proposal is accorded approval, the department will become an autonomous body registered under Company Act 1956, which will be controlled by managing director and directors. For improving the performance and providing better services to city residents, state transmission utility (STU) and state load dispatch centre (SLDC) will be formed.
As Chandigarh does not have its own power generation, the state transmission utility will be responsible for ensuring smooth transmission of power in the city. State load dispatch centre will be the apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system. It will also be responsible for optimum scheduling and dispatch of electricity; maintaining accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted; and maintaining control over the intra-state transmission system. Read More…