Rajesh Ahuja

Minister to focus on checking line losses, wastages

Plan to bridge gap between demand and supply Attempt to generate power through non-conventional sources

CHANDIGARH: The newly-appointed Haryana Power Minister, Venod Sharma, faces a challenging task in improving the "deteriorating" power scenario in the State but he says he is confident that he will be able to bring about a sea change and visible improvement in the next four years.

Mr. Sharma, who had streamlined the excise and taxation system which brought in record revenue to the State coffers in less than one year, told The Hindu that he had opted for a change of Ministry from Excise and Taxation to Power as he loves challenges.

While admitting that all was not well with the power scenario in the State due to the faulty planning and tardy implementation of schemes by the previous regimes in the State, he said that the Hooda Government had started taking concrete steps which would bear fruit in the next four or five years.

Mr. Sharma said it would be his endeavour to streamline the functioning of the Power Department and the Vidyut Nigams from top to bottom to make them people-friendly and efficient. He would focus attention on checking line losses and other wastages.

The State Government had chalked out an ambitious plan to add over 4,000 MW of power generation capacity through public as well as private sector to bridge gap between demand and supply.

Also, schemes, costing Rs. 77 crores, have been sanctioned under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidutikaran Yojana to strengthen rural electricity distribution infrastructure and realize the dream of providing electricity to all.

He further said that the Government would also try to generate power through non-conventional sources. The power scenario would be considerably transformed after the 600 MW Yamunanagar Thermal Power Project was completed by March 2008. Arrangements were being made to facilitate generation of 1,065 MW at Faridabad, 1,080 MW each in Hisar and Jhajjar and 1,000 MW at Panipat, preferably through gas-based plants.

Mr. Sharma said that methodologies would be improved and streamlined to improve interface between the consumers and the electricity staff so that the former had a hassle-free experience whether it pertained to billing, payments of bills or responsiveness to complaints.

Vidyut Nigams to be streamlined from top to bottom to make them people-friendly