Re-thinking Access and Electrification in India: From Wire to Service

Content from the Brookings Institution India Center is now archived. After seven years of an impactful partnership, as of September 11, 2020, Brookings India is now the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, an independent public policy institution based in India.

“Electrification” has been a priority for India for many years, and there are ongoing plans and projects to improve access to many more households, followed by electricity for all in the coming years.  Despite improvements in the threshold for village electrification (moving from any single point to 10% of homes plus common areas, etc.), the benefit of electrification is lost for citizens if there is no electricity supply during periods of need.

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