World Bank is not happy with the pace of progress made in Haryana Power System Improvement Project, a project aimed to improve the availability, efficiency, and accountability of electricity supply in Haryana through strengthening the transmission and distribution systems. World Bank report has observed delays in the procurement process of the investment and capacity building packages in the $ 330 million Bank funded project. These delays are attributed mainly to non-availability of land, realignment of sequencing and timing of the packages to match with the commissioning of the associated generation capacity. World Bank report has also highlighted cost variation in some packages vis-à-vis original expected cost. Of the sanctioned $ 330 million, World Bank has already disbursed $ 132.72 million for the project.

Considering the pace of physical implementation of the project at present, targeted schedule for the project completion seems highly unrealistic, the report has noted. On the positive side, the report found that all available funds were being utilized effectively.

Haryana Power System Improvement Project was started in 2009 and is scheduled to be complete by December 31, 2014. The project is being implemented through Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd (HVPNL), Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd (UHBVNL) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd (DHVBNL).


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