Haryana is a state that prides itself on being able to provide round the clock electricity to every home in the state. However, the veracity of such a claim can be contested from the fact that the World Bank had recently expressed its displeasure at the state of electricity production in the North Indian state. The Haryana Power System Improvement Project is supposed to amend the availability, efficiency and accountability of supply of electricity in the state. This is supposed to be done by way of adding more strength to the systems that are used for transmitting and distributing electricity.
The World Bank had carried out in a report where it had stated that it has seen that the authorities are delaying the process of procuring the packages that are intended to invest and also build capacity of the existing systems as well as new ones. The aggregate worth of the projects was in the region of $330 million and was being sponsored by the World Bank itself. There are several reasons as to why the delays have taken place. The first major reason is that the government has not been able to get the necessary land. It has also not been able to match the timing and sequence of these packages with the necessary processes for generating the necessary capacity.
The global body had also stated that in some cases there has been a marked difference in the costs involved in executing the projects and the original estimates. The World Bank had stated that it was also not happy with the pace at which the work was being done. It further revealed that at that pace it was highly probable that the work would not be finished at the right time.
The said project had been started during 2009 and it was supposed to be finished by 31 December 2014. The following bodies were responsible for finishing the same:
- Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd
- Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd
- Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd
Situations such as these are not out of place in a state where public programs meant for the benefit of the common people never reach the intended beneficiaries, where most people who work the hardest continue to live in abject poverty day in and day out without any hope of improvement other than a miracle. It is common knowledge that things are not working out for the benefit of one and all but the question is how this can be reversed.
To start with the government needs to look into areas where it is falling behind and then address them properly and not resort to forcible tactics. It also needs to look into reasons as to why the execution part is not happening at the desired level and then address them in the best way that they need to be. The government needs to understand that through its inaction it is not only leaving the common people bereft of basic facilities such as electricity, it is also projecting a rather poor picture of the work culture in the state and the country by extension. There are a lot of things to be worried about but the question is, are the important people taking note and doing anything? As of now, the answer seems to be no.