Empowering Bihar: Policy pathway for energy access

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Publication - January 24, 2012
The state of Bihar has witnessed a promising growth in the recent years and is set to tread for significant economic advancement in the years to come. At this juncture what Bihar needs to propel its growth further is to meet the electricity requirement with a strong political will to do so.

This report illustrates the changes that are needed to be made both in institutional and government policies to enable Bihar to meet the energy requirement for its rural areas. About 89 percent of the state population (12.6 million households) resides in the rural areas and almost 95 per cent of these households are dependent on kerosene as a source for lighting. Providing electricity to this population is the first step towards a significant economic growth.

Empowering Bihar- policy pathway for energy access