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Will electricity trade usher in a new era of cooperation in South Asia?

The initial focus on a strong bilateral form of power trade has set the pace for future investments in viable interconnections in the region

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Subhomoy Bhattacharjee New Delhi
There is one element of connectivity between the South Asian nations happening on a modest scale. But it is not on the ground; instead it is on the wires, as electricity trade. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterparts arrive at Kathmandu, Nepal for the revived Bimstec Summit today, it is interesting to note that the seven countries forming the group have traded annually 19.8 terawatt hours (Twh) among themselves for the past couple of years. These countries, other than India are Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan. 

It is puny by some reckoning, no doubt. Compared

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First Published: Aug 30 2018 | 1:39 PM IST

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