No more blackouts from April 1, vows power minister

Consumers will get uninterrupted  power supply from April 1 and building blocks RK Singh. From this ‘zero date’, state distribution companies (discoms) cannot resort to wilful blackouts to avoid buying power. If they do, they will invite stiff penalty from state regulators, who will also tally area demand with PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) to see whether the utilites have lined up adequate supplies. Only blackouts due to technical issues or natural calamities will be exempted from penalties.