India's Power Crisis: Problems and Solutions

A review of the problems and possible solutions for the power sector

By Cuckoo Paul
Published: Feb 13, 2012

The summer of 2012 may be hotter than usual in most states as many thermal power plants are scrapping the bottom of the barrel for coal. The Central Electricity Authority says about 40 thermal power stations have stocks for less than seven days.  The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has begun a performance review of the sector, focussing on the coal and gas shortages. Forbes India reviews the prickliest problems and possible solutions.



(This article is excerpted from the latest Forbes India 17 February, 2012 issue which is now available at news stands and book stores. You can buy our tablet version from

  • Vk Sabharwal

    This situation, prevailing over many past years, not likely to improve any time sooner, during any of present or future ruling parties that are in reckoning, especially so called 'coalitions' (no alliance is committed to any national cause other than allying to dictats of party'). The tax-payers, paying thru nose (again salaried class) will keep suffering for erratic supplies; more in North/Central India (except Capital). The industry too has no option, except contributing to co-generation and except generation thru fossel fuel @ any cost by small and lower mid-sized units.

    on Feb 13, 2012
The Finest Minds of the Planet Speak
What Is a Campus Holiday?
You might also want to read...
suggested stories