Puducherry is a union territory which comprises the former French colonies Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, situated in tiny enclaves on both of India’s Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal coasts. Puducherry’s small size and fractured terrain mean that it lacks a unified economy, and its various enclaves are more likely to take on the characteristics of the states around them.

State Summary

  • Size
    190 sq. miles
  • Population
    1.2 million
  • State GDP
    $3.26 billion (USD)
  • Legislative Assembly Seats
  • Rajya Sabha Seats
  • Lok Sabha Seats
  • Party Affiliation
    Indian National Congress (INC) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
View of Puducherry beach from light house. (Karthik Easvur, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Immaculate Conception Cathedral. (BishkekRocks, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Left: View of Puducherry beach from light house. (Karthik Easvur, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Right: Immaculate Conception Cathedral. (BishkekRocks, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)


India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.


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Recent Articles

Puducherry proposes an increase in power tariff

Starting April 2018, Puducherry Electricity Department (PED) is proposing an increase in tariff for domestic and other categories of consumers under the multi-year tariff (MYT) system. The tariff has been revised to bridge the revenue gap of $33 million from 2016-2019 and to earn additional revenue of $20 million.

Source: The Hindu Go to
In Detail: Tariff Proposal Go to

Madhya Pradesh and Puducherry sign on to center's UDAY power bailout initiative

Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Puducherry both signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Power to join the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The total number of states and union territories that have joined UDAY is now 16.

Source: Hindu Business Line Go to

Related National Goals

Solar Performance Tracker — Puducherry reaches 0.08 MW (updated September 21, 2018)

Wind Performance Tracker — Puducherry achieves 0 MW (updated January 3, 2019)