New Delhi grinds to a halt during the 48-hour power cut which struck 20 states across India (photo:dpa)

Massive power cuts pose new problems for India’s politicians

Major power cuts across India have highlighted the nation’s shortage of electricity. The country introduced major reforms almost ten years ago to upgrade the electricity sector, which is traditionally dominated by public utilities. The nation has witnessed rapid economic growth since then but the persistent shortage of electric power has been a drag on progress. Only now are politicians realising that the promise of cheap electricity is not necessarily a vote winner, if it cannot be delivered to the people.

INDIA is facing an electricity crisis. But the problem does not lie simply in producing enough power – it is complicated by politics.

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 Barun S. Mitra
India has periodically faced acute electricity shortages over the past decades, but now there is a growing realisation that this is not a just a problem of lack of investment in generation capacity
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