|Failures in electricity, transport and broadband have common strands. China's approach offers a possible alternative|
Shyam Ponappa / Apr 05, 2012
Electricity shortages are attributed to a tangle of factors: difficulties with fuel supply – for instance, for coal, there are problems in mining, and unrelated problems in transport, including the limitations of the railways – or the difficulties with nuclear and hydroelectric power development faced with overzealous activism, aggravated by the government’s poor record of compensation to affected people; unsustainable populist pricing; a lack of integrated planning (for example, generation capacity without linkages to fuel); and poor execution.
Therefore, to understand how different stakeholders are affected, it is necessary to understand their perceptions and how reality affects them. It is imperative to seek inputs from multiple domains and stakeholders on the facts as we think we know them, and to co-ordinate these inputs in planning a process and its implementation. The more comprehensively we do this, the better.