Power Policy and Power Development in India During the Post-Liberalization Period

Vijayamohanan Pillai N.

28.1 Power Sector in India: Organization and Regulation

By the time of Independence, power supply in India had been largely in the hands of small private companies, besides some municipalities and government electricity departments, all confined to some urban centres. The sector was governed by the Indian Electricity Act (IEA), 1910, which was regulatory in character. Soon after Independence, Electricity (Supply) Act (E(S) Act), 1948 was enacted and under the Act, the State Electricity Boards (SEBs) and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) were created: the SEBs, originally proposed to be autonomous corporate bodies in the public sector, ...

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