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The Price of Renewable Energy

State of Renewable Energy in India: A Citizen's Report by Chandra Bhushan, Nayanjyoti Goswami, Aruna Kumarankandath, Kanchan Kumar Agrawal and Joel Kumar, New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment, 2014; pp 198, Rs 690.

Challenges of Land Acquisition

India Infrastructure Report 2009: Land - A Critical Resource for Infrastructure by 3i Network

Privatising PSUs

You have argued in your editorial “Why Kill the Golden Goose?” (14 November 2009) against share sale of profit-making public sector undertakings (PSUs). The primary purpose of privatisation is always to place management control in private hands for better efficiency. Even though both public and...

Revival of Dabhol Power Project

Letters Revival of Dabhol Power Project W e should be grateful to Madhav Godbole and E A S Sarma for having dared to criticise the government, including its politicians and senior bureaucrats, for the ineptitude in the Enron settlement saga (‘Aftershocks of Dabhol Power Project’, August 26, 2006)...

Eminent Domain or Eminent Thievery?

It appears that the courts did not look at the substantive issues behind the allegations that excess land was acquired for the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor. The courts seem to have gone by the Karnataka government's assurance that only a minimum amount of land was given to the company. Bad governments need not act in public interest and may indeed abuse their "eminent domain" powers and aid and abet "eminent thievery".

Challenges in Reform of the Indian Postal Service

Due to the lack of market orientation and absence of competitive spirit, the Indian postal service, a premium public service, has yielded ground to private couriers. This article discusses the decline and fall of India Post due to the sudden erosion of morale and fall in self-esteem of employees in working for one of the best public services.

Determining T&D Losses in India

The present study addresses one key component of power sector reforms, namely, reducing transmission and distribution losses. It outlines the problems in measurement and the information asymmetry between the regulator and licensee on this account. Then it addresses the broader issue of distribution privatisation and the prerequisites for it.

Electricity Act 2003

The Electricity Act 2003 opens the door to immense possibilities in unleashing competition and trading, but at the same time opens a new area of policy risk, which it is supposed to mitigate. The act has an enabling framework to introduce competition in generation and privatisation in distribution, but the homework in terms of addressing transition issue has been left undone.

Tanir Bavi: How Not to Sign PPAs

The power purchase agreement (PPA) in respect of the Tanir Bavi power project has been the subject of conflict and litigation. This is because the PPA is complicated and confusing. An attempt is made in this article to analyse the PPA and the dimensions of the conflicts and to draw some lessons for policy for the government and strategy for independent power producers (IPPs).

World Bank and India's Economic Development

What is the World Bank's contribution to India�s growth and poverty alleviation? The effectiveness of the Bank's initiatives in these areas is explored. The Bank's own perspectives on growth and development are outlined. An analysis of India's agriculture and forestry sectors is undertaken, followed by a study of the power sector, to which the maximum amount of Bank funds has been directed. Urban and social development issues are also dealt with. The paper concludes with an analysis of the Bank's policies.


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