Blacking out Truth About the Two Black outs

The Power Ministry and Power Grid — squarely responsible for the failure of the grid on two successive days 30th and 31st July — have been very successful in hoodwinking the the media about the … Read more

The Ultra Mega Power Project Manoeuvre

Backdoor Entry Of Failed Privatisation THE power scene is becoming curios and curioser. Just as the power privatisation dreams of the government has foundered on the cruel rock of reality – with the Orissa Regulator … Read more

The only Choice: Subsidise or Nationalise Enron

As critics of Enron, we owe an apology to the nation for failing to bring out the true nature of the Enron contract. Instead of Dhabol power costing Rs.4.00 and being a bad deal as … Read more

Power Sector Reforms – A Recipe For Disaster

WITH the adoption of new economic policy of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, the state has virtually abandoned its main responsibility towards the people. The government no larger feels committed to work for their welfare. In … Read more

The Andhra Electricity Tariff Hikes: the Real Face of Reforms

The sharp rise in tariffs for the domestic and the agricultural consumer in Andhra – as high as 245% for some of the consumers as shown in the table below — clearly indicates what is … Read more

The Godbole Committee: A Difficult Job Well Done

The Godbole Committee, set up to examine the Dabhol Project has now made official that Enron power was priced way beyond what was reasonable and the decision making process was neither “reasonable” [nor] “rational”. The … Read more


(Courtesy: Economic & Political Weekly. Volume XVIII, P-995/20/1993) The future of the power sector in India appears rather bleak. A cursory perusal will show that organisations and companies connected to the power sector are in various … Read more

The Currednt Power Policies — the Need for a National Debate

The power policies proposed by the Central Government have serious implications for the country in terms of very large tariff increases  and huge foreign exchange outflows. The Department of Power has been advocating the “Orissa … Read more

The Crisis of the State Electricity Boards: Real Issues

The crucial issue regarding the electricity sector has been the health of the State Electricity Boards. Here also, the problem has not been with the generating side. The major problem has been in distribution and … Read more

The 2000 Crore Delhi Vidyut Board Scam

The Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) and its earlier incarnation, the Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking (DESU), has been perhaps one of the worst run utilities in the country. The utility loses a staggering Rs.2,000 crore every … Read more

The ENRON Power Purchase Agreement

The ENRON Papers consisting of the Power Purchase Agreement, the guarantees and counter guarantees provided by the Maharashtra and the Central Governments respectively are now in the public domain. This has helped to lift the … Read more

Repudiating Enron: More to it than Meets the Eye

The Dhabol Project of Enron now stands repudiated with the acceptance of the Munde Committee Report. The people of Maharashtra deserve all credit for this, as it was their continued struggle that kept up the … Read more