The Myth Of Free Nuclear Energy

THE Congress and its spokespersons have been on overdrive selling a number of myths about the benefits of the India-US Nuclear Deal. Foremost in that has been that of a mythical nuclear bus, which if … Read more

Powerless In Summer: The Story Of The Power Sector Reforms

INDIA’S power policies are in a quite a bit of mess. It is now clear that we are likely to see large power cuts this year, the impact of which is already visible. After more … 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 cancelling the private distribution company’s … Read more

Delhi Power Scenario: The Magic Of Privatisation

THE power scenario is Delhi is looking like a three-ring circus with Delhi government, DERC and the private Distcoms blaming each other for the tariff rise. If each of them is to be believed, none … Read more


EVERY year when Delhi is sweltering in high heat and humidity conditions with frequent load shedding, the Delhi Electricity Regulator makes a further present to its people in the shape of increased rates of electricity. … Read more

Draft National Power Policy And CERC’S Competition Policy

THE Draft National Electricity Policy has been introduced by the UPA government without first reviewing the Electricity Act as was committed in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Without this review, the Policy will only perpetuate … Read more

Privatisation In Power Sector Imposes High Costs On The Citizens

THE failure of restructuring of the electricity sector and the privatisation of erstwhile DVB are now becoming clearer by the day. It has imposed very high electricity costs on the citizens, as shown by the … Read more

Reviewing the Electricity Act 2003:Real Initiatives Needed-II

IN the earlier part of this article (June 6), we had examined why the cost of electricity has gone up almost three times in the last 10 years. As the major culprit, we had identified … Read more

Reviewing The Electricity Act 2003: Real Initiatives Needed – I

THE Common Minimum Programme of the new UPA government has finally accepted what the people concerned with the crisis of the power sector have been demanding all along: a re-look at the power policies followed … Read more

N K Singh Committee’s Report on the Power Sector: World Bank-IMF Wine In BJP Bottle

ONE of the many problems with the current NDA government is its insistence that India must shine at all costs, even if it means sweeping under the carpet all evidence of failure. The power sector … Read more

The US Blackout: Lessons For India

THE blackout in the US and Canada that took place on the 14th of last month cut a wide swathe across north-east America, leaving more than 50 million people without electricity, some even more than … Read more

Subsidising Tatas and Ambanis: The Crux of Power Sector Reforms

The bankruptcy of the privatisation policy of the power distribution is now clear from what is happening in Delhi. Even after another 9% rate hike this year following the earlier steep rise of 16% about … Read more