The burgeoning expertise in science and technology as documented by ISRO and the growing technology industry is still marred by the grim picture of a national energy crisis that haunts the reality of India. The public sector of India is still sluggish to meet electricity and infrastructural need of the nation.
The supremacy of coal accounting for 70% of nation’s energy supersedes the necessity to harness CO2 emission. In cutting down the CO2 content of the coal and recycling of coal for manufacturing of chemicals as was evident in the Tamil Nadu Industrial Plant, India has taken noteworthy stride in the direction of “clean coal” solution.
The onus of curbing energy poverty as well as maintaining India’s carbon emission promise lies with the Ministry of power and on public sectors like NTPC. The effort by Piyush Goyal in substituting old plants with supercritical coal plants is a welcome move.
The plague of outmoded infrastructure not only is limited within energy sector but also in the railway industry. Low maintenance, low public safety measures, cases of sabotage thwart its progress.
Breaking the monopoly of the public sector, private enthusiastic firms can bring in a fresh, innovative edge. Loosening regulatory conditions and building the confidence of such private players would be imperative. But the present scenario falls short in this regard. A dialogue to amass a cooperative strand is much needed in between the private and public sector to gather up a fix for the cause of rural electrification.