The board of directors at its meeting today considered and approved a bonus issue excluding promoters, as per which three shares would be allotted for every five held.
This issue would benefit over four million investors in the company and the cost would be borne by the promoter group by way of diluting its stake.
Post bonus issue, the cost of acquisition of Reliance Power shares would come down to Rs 269 for retail shareholders and Rs 281 for institutional investors.
Saying that retail investors are the bedrock and foundation of Reliance Power, its Chairman Anil Ambani said: "In these two weeks, the number of retail shareholders have actually increased. In these 10 trading days, retail investors have acquired 2.5 crore shares."
The approval of bonus issue is an unprecedented step in the history of capital market in India and abroad, he added.
Shares of Reliance Power closed down by 1.21 per cent on Friday at Rs 416.85 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.