Assam Power Sector Development Program: A Case Study from the 2007 Special Evaluation Study on Energy Sector in India
India is one of the fastest growing developing economies, having expanded by about 6% per annum in the 1990s and by some 8% in recent years. This growth and rapid rate of industrialization and urbanization have fueled energy demand so that in 2003 it ranked sixth worldwide in primary energy consumption. Since the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) power sector operations in India began in 1986, there have been 24 public sector loans for 21 projects with a total value of $4.6 billion (29% of the total public sector lending to India). This has been supported by an additional $337 million of loans through ADB's private sector operations. One of the three state electricity boards that ADB provided program assistance is Assam.