India needs a good dose of private investment to make power distribution viable, and a strong regulatory framework to attract foreign investment, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India has grown by 66% at a time when investment across the globe has fallen by 30%, but FDI in the power sector can come in only if the regulatory regime is predictable and consistent, Kant said at the FSR Global Hub launch event conducted by the Florence School of Regulation and European University Institute.
In September, total overdue amount on power distribution companies, which was not cleared even after 60 days of grace period offered by generators, was estimated to be Rs 52,408 crore against Rs 34,658 crore in the same month last year.
In order to give relief to power generation companies, the Centre has enforced a payment security mechanism where discoms are required to open letters of credit (LoC) for getting power supply. Read More
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