A power crisis in Delhi has been averted as state-owned power generation company, NTPC Limited, has decided not to stop power supply to the two BSES discoms in the city from Monday.
The NTPC on Wednesday threatened to suspend electricity supply to the two BSES discoms -- BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd -- in Delhi if they failed to pay `1,300 crore dues by May 10.
The discoms would have faced a 2,027 MW reduction in power from May 9. This when compared to the peak demand of 4,600 MW means over 40% less electricity.
Delhi power minister Satyendra Jain was supposed to meet NTPC chairman on Saturday to resolve the issue. However, a meeting called by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission late on Friday averted the crisis.
“The DERC asked the NTPC and BSES to come up with a joint proposal within 10 days on how to clear the dues. The hearing of both cases will now be taken up by the regulator on May 16. There is no threat to power supply in the city,” said a senior Delhi government power department official.
On Thursday, the discoms wrote to the power generator asking it to withdraw the notices. The letter, written by BSES director Gopal K Saxena, stated that “100% regulation of power is unjustified and unwarranted” and, will cause “extreme hardship to the residents of Delhi besides disturbing the law and order”.
On Friday, the State Load Despatch Centre under Delhi Transco Limited had also written a letter, a copy of which is with HT, to the NTPC, asking it to withdraw the notice to the discoms.
“The NTPC meets nearly 65% power requirement of the BRPL. If the NTPC regulates the power, the balance 35% will still be scheduled for Delhi from central and state generators. The load will remain constant, but supply will be limited, which will lead to imbalance in the grid… It will also affect the power supply of TPDDL, NDMC and MES,” the letter states.