ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Electricity Bill 2001

What It Reflects of Power Policy

The Electricity Bill 2001 is a step forward in removing the anomalies, inconsistencies and even contradictions in and between existing laws pertaining to the power sector. But it fails to impose deterrent punishments for failures on matters ranging from theft and quality to payment of bills by distributing companies. It has provisions which will violate the transparent functioning of regulatory commissions. While the bill will enable the creation of markets, facilitate the process of private investment in transmission, improve grid discipline and ease somewhat the working of the regulatory commissions, success in improving the supply and quality of electricity and the financial performance of the power sector will depend, in the ultimate analysis, on the speed with which the state electricity boards can be made financially viable. On this the bill has no contribution to make.

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