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Experience all over the world has shown that enhanced accessibility to electricity enhances lifestyles leading to higher demand of electricity. The per-capita consumption of the consumers in Delhi is more than 1561 units per annum as against the national average of 1010 units (FY 2014-15). Delhi, being an urban place with high load density, has seen the electricity consumption increasing from 20040.22 MUs in 2003-04 to 32360.840 MUs in 2017-18. The increase in percentage terms is 61.48% for Delhi for the past sixteen years. Power sector has become a serious challenge for the Government as it is the primary driver for all round development of the territory.

On July 1, 2002, Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) was unbundled into six successor companies i.e. Delhi Power Company Limited (DPCL)-Holding Company,  Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) –Transmission Company, Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) –GENCO, and three Private Distribution Companies i.e. BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) (earlier NDPL). The Government of NCT of Delhi handed over the management of the business of electricity distribution to three private companies BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL with 51% equity being handed over to the private sector and 49% equity being retained by GNCTD through DPCL.

Reforms in Power Sector of the Capital City in 2002 have been a great success, and became a showcase model in the country, and many states have followed the Delhi model in their reforms.

The load shedding has reduced from 4.9% to 0.055% (for FY 2018-19) after the privatization. Delhi is the first state in the country to prepare Islanding scheme to meet the essential and critical load in case of crises due to Grid collapse.
The privatization of DISCOMs according to SBI Caps update of October, 2012 has resulted in significant savings for Delhi Government. The State Government has been able to save Rs. 30,000 crores over the past 10 years apart from saving 17% of the State Budget annually. Beside this, the “Peoples’ Poll” of Times of India has identified power as one of the top 5 concerns of people but since 2009, power related issues no longer figure in the top-5 concerns of the public.

The distinctive highlights of privatization are : -

  • Met peak demand of 7016 MW on 10.07.2018.
  • Load shedding is 0.055%. (FY 2018-19)
  • AT&C losses reduced to about 13% across Delhi presently as compared to approx. 55% in 2002.
  • No extra tariff on account of diesel generator sets.
  • No extra burden on consumers due to invertors.
  • Pollution free reliable power supply.
  • Infrastructure of Transmission and Distribution strengthened.
  • The expenditure so far incurred by DISCOMS is more than Rs. 7,500 Cr.


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