In a significant move, the Centre has decided to free the import of electricity.
It has now been decided to allow import of power without the need for authorisation.
The move to “free’’ import of electricity was announced through a notification by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry here on Friday evening.
The “freeing of import’’ is done through an amendment in the import policy of electrical energy.
The move comes even as the country is facing severe power shortage.
“Import of electrical energy will not require authorisation,” Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. It said that the “import policy of electrical energy is revised from ‘restricted’ to ‘free’.”
The gross electricity generation in the country from various conventional energy sources during April 2012-January 2013 is 7,62,668 million units as against the target of 7,71,866 million units.
This generation is mainly from thermal, hydro and nuclear sources and import of hydro power from Bhutan during 2012-13.
Nuclear power registered a generation of 27,450 million units as compared to the target of 35,200 million units.
The hydro power generation during the period was 99,071 million units as against the target of 1,22,045 million units.
India imported 4,710 million units of hydro power from Bhutan against the target of 5,480 million units.
The article has been corrected for a typographical error.