The Rs 10,000 crore coal scam may have given a boost to private players owning coal-fired plants that make 57% of India’s installed electricity capacity, but for a common man, getting power is still a painful job.

Getting an electricity connection for your house takes 67 days in India, according to World Bank’s Doing Business 2013 report.

India, which stands at 105th position in ease of getting a household power connection, is much behind Iceland (1) and Germany (2), which take 17 and 22 days, respectively. India, however, has beaten the US by a day in ease of getting a power connection.

The US takes 68 days. In 2012, the world’s second largest democracy, had claimed 99th position in ease of getting household electricity.

The report said that anyone seeking a power connection in India has to fill up at least seven different procedures or forms, spread over 67 days. The maximum time is consumed in submission of meter security deposit and the external wiring connection, which the report said, has been given to private companies in many state.

India ahead of Pak, Lanka

In ease of obtaining a power connection, India is far behind in both rankings and number of days among its Asian neighbours. It takes 28 days in China, 36 in Singapore, 41 in Hong Kong and 35 in Thailand.

It has only managed to stay ahead of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which take 206 and 132 days, respectively.

Even among Middle East countries, India has lost the race to UAE (40 days) and Kuwait (42 days). Oman (62 days) and Saudi Arabia (61 days) come close to India, but even these countries give electricity connections faster.

According to the same report, the average amount required to purchase an electricity connection is Rs 1,76,444.

The WB data is only a damning re-assessment of India’s power crisis where 43% of rural households are still using kerosene to up light their houses, according to Census 2011. According to the same census, there are still 11 lakh households in India with no source of lighting.

Courtesy: THE TIMES OF  INDIA

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