Living in a powerless India

Energy shortages in India have increased from about 7 per cent in 2003-04 to nearly 12 per cent in 2008-09, after nearly Rs 200,000 crore have been allotted to the power sector in annual plans covered in this period.

This situation prevails despite the major reform programmes that were announced in the early 1990s, the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act 1998 and the Electricity Act in 2003. In the time period between 1998-2003, on an average, the utility sector added approximately 4,000 mw of electricity capacity per annum, and in the period between 2003 to 2009, it added between 6,000-7,000 mw a year.

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