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Power is today a basic human need. It is the critical infrastructure on which modern economic activity is fully dependent. Only 55% households in India have access to electricity. Most of those who have access do not get uninterrupted reliable supply. The Industry In India has among the highest tariffs In the world and is not assured of the quality of supply. In this era of globalisation, it is essential that electricity of good quality is provided at reasonable rates for economic activity so that competitiveness increases. Being internationally competitive is now essential for achieving the vision of 8% GDP growth per annum, employment generation and poverty alleviation. It is In this context that the Electricity Act, 2003 seeks to bring about a qualitative transformation of the electricity sector through a new paradigm. The Act seeks to create liberal framework of development for the power sector by distancing Government from regulation. It replaces the three existing legislations, namely, Indian Electricity Act, 1910, the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948 and the Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998. The objectives of the Act are to consolidate the laws relating to generation, transmission, distribution, trading and use of electricity and generally for taking measures conducive to development of electricity industry, promoting competition therein, protecting interest of consumers and supply of electricity to all areas, rationalization of electricity tariff, ensuring transparent policies regarding subsidies, promotion of efficient and environmentally benign policies, constitution of Central Electricity Authority, Regulatory Commissions and establishment of Appellate Tribunal and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.The Act strikes a balance which takes into account the complex ground realities of the power sector in India with its ineluctable problems, The salient features of the Act are: (i) The Central Government to prepare a National Elect


Key Features:-

  • The Central Government to prepare a National Electricity Policy in consultation with State Governmen
  • Thrust to complete the rural electrification and provide for management of rural distribution by Pan
  • Provision for licence free generation and distribution in the rural areas
  • Provision for private licensees in transmission and entry in distribution through an independent net

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Author(s)NAUSHIR BHARUCHA
PublisherLexis Nexis
ISBN9788180382123
BindingHard Cover
LanguageEnglish
Publish YearJanuary 2004