Amended Electricity Act by next year, will allow multiple distributors in one area

In another year, electricity consumers across the country will be able to choose their suppliers.

In a bid to increase competition in the distribution sector, the ministry of power is working on some amendments to section 42 of the Electricity Act, 2003 to allow multiple suppliers of power in any licensed distribution area.

Sources said a highpowered committee was set up to examine the proposed amendments and they are expected to be in place within a year.

The freedom to choose power suppliers was so far discussed under the open access policy. But experts said this is a new concept and would bypass open access completely.

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