Under the PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, discoms were pushed to connect all households across the country, except the 19,281 homes in the Naxal hotbed of Chhattisgarh. In October 2018, Bitah in Bihar was one of the last villages in the state to be declared completely electrified.
But officials at the South Bihar Electricity Distribution Company (SBEDCL) were worried. Rural electrification had increased power consumption in Bihar by more than 10 per cent. In contrast, the national average growth was 3.5 per cent. In fact, Bihar saw a rise in power consumption from 1,522 MW in 2012-13 to the peak load of 5,193 MW in 2018.
Simultaneously, it also witnessed poor payment realisation, which not only makes the electricity supply unviable but also causes delays in the other reforms in the sector. Read More