India electricity exports surpassed its imports for the first time ever in the country’s history since independence.
At the same time, India imported around 5,585 million units from Bhutan, which is 213 million units less than exports.
A power plant in Bangladesh. WikimediaCommons
India’s exports to Nepal and Bangladesh increased to 2.5 and 2.8 times, respectively, in last three years.
The cross-border trade of electricity has mostly resulted in India importing power from Bhutan. Though India has been exporting electricity to Nepal, it has been marginal.
India has been steadily constructing cross-border electrical lines for better trade with neighboring countries on the back of a rising power generation capability at home.