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Chandigarh: Power department floats fresh tender

After several failed attempts in the past, the UT electricity department has once again floated a tender to engage a consultant to unbundle the department and transform it into a corporate.

A senior UT official said they have invited private players to bid for the consultation project. Soon, they will open the financial bids and accordingly allot the work, he added.

Last year, the UT special secretary (engineering) had written a letter to the superintending engineer (SE), saying that the administration had decided to appoint a consultant for the purpose of corporatisation of the electricity wing of the UT engineering department.

The special secretary had also directed the SE to immediately start the process of appointing a consultant through a competitive bidding system.

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), in the past too, had issued directions to the UT administration for restructuring and reformation of the department, which is mandatory as per the Electricity Act, 2003.

The commission had pulled up the department during a public hearing in 2018 for the delay in enforcing the mandate of the act pertaining to corporatisation.

Once the proposal is approved, the department will become an autonomous body registered under the Companies Act 1956, which will be controlled by managing director and directors. For improving the performance and providing better services to city residents, a state transmission utility (STU) and state load dispatch centre (SLDC) will be formed.

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