Sheila is right: No short cuts in power

Semi Column

The discoms have brought down transmission and distribution losses, which ail any city in any state, from a massive 58 per cent in 2003 to around 13 per cent at present. The government claimed these would eventually benefit the consumer and bring down costs, but the discoms claim that the money saved is being channelled into improving the existing infrastructure. In the next few years, they promise, the consumers would reap the benefits.

Apurva is a principal correspondent, based in Delhi

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