In the last two decades about 85 percent of Tajikistan population seasonally has access to electricity only for 3-6 hours daily (October -April). Such situation led to massive violation of consumer rights, unequal distribution, high level of corruption, misdealing and power theft, aggravating by low level of sector governance, absence of transparency and accountability. Unreliable and unpredictable electricity supply meant that households were left to fend for themselves in the freezing winter months, often with no information of when electricity will disappear or reappear. The problem becomes severe as we move away from Dushanbe City.
Promoting fair access of consumers to electricity during autumn-winter season, through outage monitoring and media reports, awareness raising and establishing policy dialogue is the key objective of this project. The Electricity Supply Monitoring Initiative (ESMI) is a project that will help in developing a reliable database on supply interruptions and voltage levels at consumer locations in Tajikistan. The initiative aims at creating evidence based feedback about electricity supply quality by recording minute by minute voltage supply at different locations in the country and making this information publicly available to all stakeholders, including citizens and local authorities.
This initiative is being jointly implemented by Consumers Union of Tajikistan based out of Dushanbe and Prayas (Energy Group) from India.