As per an article in the Times of India, the power ministry on 29th March, 2017 declared that India has now become a net exporter of power. Power export of about 5,498 million units was seen from April ’16 – February ’17 and this value was 4% higher than the power India imported from Bhutan. New electricity lines to neighboring countries such as Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh will only aid in the sale of electricity from the country.
This is an interesting prospect for India since it has always been a power deficit country. Though there are many villages as mentioned in the Economic Times article within India which do not receive electricity all day round, India has been able to gain the status of being a net exporter. This is mostly because of the poor financial health of DISCOMS in the country.