Delhi govt saved Rs 30,000 cr by privatising power sect:report
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The privatisation of power sector in Delhi has been very successful and it has resulted in saving of around Rs 30,000 crore by the city government in last ten years, a report has said.
The report by SBI Cap Securities on the power sector came amid an outcry over hike in power tariff in the city by nearly 50 per cent in the last one year.
The report, which examined health of power sector in a number of states, complimented Delhi government for initiating reform in power sector in 2002 and said the "Delhi model" proved "effective" and has been a boon for all stakeholders.
"The privatisation of power distribution has resulted in significant amount of savings for the Delhi government. According to various media sources and our interactions with the industry, the government of Delhi has been able to save Rs 300 billion over the past 10 years," the report said. The huge saving has helped the Delhi government make available funds for various schemes to improve the standard of
living for the citizens in the city, it said.
The report by the subsidiary of State Bank of India said that "gradual replication" of Delhi model would go a long way in sustaining the distribution segment of the power sector in other states.
"We feel the distribution reform implemented in Delhi has been a boon to all the stakeholders. Steady replication of the Delhi model in the distribution privatisation would be decisive in sustaining the power distribution sector," it said.
The Delhi government had initiated reform in the power sector, notwithstanding criticism by various sections, under which power distribution was given to three distribution companies, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and
North Delhi Power Ltd. The Delhi government has 49 per cent stake in each of the three discoms.
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