Comments on: Counting the cost of India’s blackouts Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ashok_Vaishnav Fri, 17 May 2013 05:29:57 +0000 Before one accepts the argument for paying quality of power, we need to recall the age old maxim that quality, per say, does not cost more.
Power sector players and stakeholders need to seriously introspect to search out all possible inefficiencies, and then, only then, the option to increase the sale price may be looked at.

By: Woman21 Thu, 16 May 2013 17:39:17 +0000 Bad planning is the first lesson that one gets from this incident. Why did the govt allow such power plants to be build, if they couldn’t assure regular fuel? And India has fifth largest coal reserves in the world.We can use them. Though there is no need to depend on it entirely, but it could used it as a bargaining power with the other coal producing regions. Modi had referred to it. According to him after seeing that govt has not allowed coal to be mined, all these countries increased the prices of the coal further leading to shortages.
Regarding roads, not sure if the govt has no money to maintain them. You can see a good example in Luyten Delhi. How well the roads are maintained there. Even after monsoon, the roads are good. Have you travelled to Delhi recently? The roads are all good, not because govt has suddenly become benign and aware of it’s duties :(. It’s because it’s election time! As far as building of infrastructure is concerned, it could be private -public partnership.
But any building of infrastructure, planning requires time, wisdom and sincere effort. You cannot build it overnight. You will have to study the population of the city, the economic plans you have, the major residential and workplaces, the need for better public transport linking them etc. If the cities are overpopulated there is need for the jobs to shifted to newer areas, which again require more planning. All this requires effort which our politicos don’t want to put. In fact, some observers say that it is better for them to keep India poor so they get easy votes, and if they have a chance they will reverse all 1990 reforms. India’s foolish economic polices have already costed it much (think of it, 1947 total population 400 million, 2010 middle class 300 million). India I know has a potential only if she taps it. There is a need for capable people in politics. If India could produce such good leaders on eve of 1947, I don’t see a reason why it cannot in future.

By: dipakkumardas Thu, 16 May 2013 14:27:52 +0000 it is easy to locate slums within the premises of Bandel Thermal Power Station, west bengal. when you go closer you can see DTH antennas and at-least one improvised copper wire antenna on the roof of each hut. when you go closer you can hear clearly latest bollywood song being played.

they have t.v., fans, light bulbs. but you won’t find any electrical wire hooking.

the live wire to connected to the improvised antenna and the second phase comes from the earthing wire.

these so called dwelling are illegal, but the power company can do nothing, because the politicians who claim to be for the poor, by the poor and of the poor, have disagreed upon the relocation or removal of these slums for decades, even though the area is highly hazardous to any living creature and hence strictly prohibited.

it is high time to deregulate power prices. ‘pay as you use’ is a well tested policy.

as far as i know most of the new high capacity plants in the pvt. sector are importing raw material.

and at the end of the day an org. goal is to generate profit. last option left to them is – hire cheap labor.

so technically low or BPL friendly prices are like snatching bread from one and feeding the other.