Power sector: tripping the benefits

Power sector: tripping the benefits
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First Published: Sun, Jul 20 2008. 10 56 PM IST

Updated: Sun, Jul 20 2008. 10 56 PM IST
India has a power generation capacity of 143,000MW and it plans to add another 78,577MW by 2012. However, the track record suggests this may prove elusive—in the five years to 2007, India could add just about half of the target of 41,110MW. This means the people with electricity connection will have to continue to live with power outages and the government’s programme to provide electricity to the poor will remain unfulfilled.
The IndiaCorruption Study, 2007, by Transparency International India and Centre for Media Studies shows one in 10 of the 28.4 million below the poverty line, or BPL, households paid a bribe to avail of the electricity service.
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