As India transitions from peak summer heat to initial monsoon months, a constant problem large part of urban India has to deal with is power supply failures. Announced and unannounced power cuts accompany every heat wave, the first shower, and strong gusts of monsoon winds across the country with uncanny predictability.
India boasts of an installed power base of over 343 gigawatts. Indian power generation capacity is much higher than the current demand, residential, commercial, and agriculture, put together. And yet, the residential customers seldom enjoy 24×7 power supply.
This strange contradiction is frequently a matter of raucous media and social media debates. The buck stops at what the last mile power supply companies – usually the state electricity distribution companies or discoms – can or cannot do. These discoms have a history of financial and operational blunders, which have been compounded by reckless subsidy-politics. The Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) programme has helped these discoms stutter back to sanity and common business sense over the last three years. Read More