Regarding overdrawing of power, he said both north and south grids have a their share of delinquent states. "We have very indisciplined states in the north such as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, but the south also has states such as Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, who too overdraw power from the central grid. They are no saints either," Rao said.
He called for privatisation of the power sector, particularly distribution. "Customers should be charged the cost of power production. Trading is needed in power sector. But with the Coalgate issue lingering, this may not be possible to a large extent," Rao said.
However, he welcomed the Supreme Court's order asking the CERC to take charge of decisionmaking and not leave it in the hands of the Power Corporation, which has been taking all power related decisions so far.
He criticised the Centre for taking too much time in finding fault for the northern grid failure in July this year. He said, "Discipline can be enforced at load dispatch centres at regional and state levels. During such times, chairman of the electricity board concerned should take responsibility."
Commenting on the the recent northern grid collapse, former Karnataka Electricity Board chairman BG Rudrappa said, "We need to harness more hydel power, which can act as 'under frequency release', which in turn will help in holding the grid up even during contingencies."
"Hence harnessing Hydro power is the need of the hour," he added.