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Discoms on notice, govt looks at other options

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 06, 2014
First Published: 11:30 IST(6/2/2014) | Last Updated: 11:33 IST(6/2/2014)

In a bid to end the ongoing standoff between the Delhi government and the distribution companies, the power regulator on Wednesday served notices to the two BSES discoms, asking them to explain their financial condition and whether they would be able to pay the generation companies to avoid a power crisis in the city.

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The regulator issued the notice after the Delhi government’s power department recommended that their licences should be revoked if they failed to ensure uninterrupted power supply on the grounds of a financial crunch.

In the notices, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) directed BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) to present their case at a special hearing on 11 am.

“We have served notices to them, asking them to appear tomorrow and explain their position on the issue, in the wake of the government recommendation,” said PD Sudhakar, chairman of DERC.

The Delhi government continued its strict stance with the discoms as the chief minister continued to hold informal meetings with a number of other companies.

Sources said a few informal meetings took place on Wednesday with discoms operating in Gujarat, Kanpur, Noida and Kolkata among others.

“If the people of Delhi will suffer in any form due to the power blackouts, our government will do everything possible and are ready to explore all options,” said Manish Sisodia, Delhi urban development minister.

On Wednesday, HT had reported that the government was in talks with other companies. 

“A number of private distribution companies have been meeting the Delhi chief minister. But these are all informal meetings. In the past few days, he interacted with almost 10 distribution companies. If the need arises, these companies can be given charge of Delhi,” said a source in the government.

Almost 70 per cent of Delhi will face a complete blackout if two power distribution companies — BRPL and BYPL — do not pay `449 crore to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) by February 11. Nearly 32 lakh consumers in central, south, east and west Delhi will be affected.

The crisis arose after the National Power Thermal Corporation (NTPC) threatened to snap power if BYPL did not pay the January bill of `179 crore by February 11. BYPL said it would result in outages in east and central Delhi.

 


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