Overdrawing power from the grid — which supplies the northern, eastern, western and north-eastern parts of the country — can cost the city’s private power utilities dearly
This was the message from power watchdog Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), which imposed a hefty penalty of Rs 1.68 crore on Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group’s BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) on Wednesday.
BRPL supplies power to south and west Delhi. DERC has also imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on the then BRPL chief executive officer Arun Kanchan in his personal capacity for not following grid discipline.
BRPL and its former CEO have been given time till November 15 to make the full payment.
“BRPL was found to be indulging in persistent overdraft of power from the grid, thereby endangering grid security. The Commission has held BRPL guilty of 672 instances of violations of the Delhi Grid Code and the Indian Electricity Grid Code,” said AK Tewary, DERC secretary.”
“As regards the penalty on Mr Kanchan, DERC found that the CEO did not take steps for arranging adequate power like purchasing from the power exchange, which had led to the unprecedented load shedding.”
A BSES spokesman said, “We are studying the ramifications of the order and would respond in due course.”
According to DERC, the distcoms – BRPL, BYPL and Tata’s NDPL – put together had resorted to a total load shedding of 32.655 million units in June.