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No end to NPCL, UPPCL dispute

THERE IS no end to the dispute between the Noida Power Company (NPCL), a private company supplying electricity to regions in Greater Noida, and the UPPCL over payment of power dues.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 11:19 IST

Pending Dues

THERE IS no end to the dispute between the Noida Power Company (NPCL), a private company supplying electricity to regions in Greater Noida, and the UPPCL over payment of power dues.

After stopping supply of additional 15-mw electricity to the NPCL, the UPPCL has now started making efforts to ensure that the licence to supply power in Greater Noida regions was given to its own distribution company, the Paschimanchal (Meerut) discom.

According to sources, the UPPCL has asked the Meerut discom to apply for a distribution licence to the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC).

On the other hand, UPPCL officials are surprised over the UPERC giving a one-sided judgment asking the NPCL to pay only Rs 5 crore dues to the UPPCL.

President of the UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad, Awadhesh Kumar Verma demanded that the NPCL’s power distribution licence be cancelled immediately.

In a letter to UPERC chairman, Verma said that NPCL was not only a defaulter but it also did not meet many other conditions of the agreement, line setting up a powerhouse.

He demanded its licence be cancelled and the Meerut discom be authrised to supply power in the Greater Noida region, in larger consumer interest.

Meanwhile, NPCL officials are coming to Lucknow tomorrow to sort out the issue with the UPPCL management.

The agreement between the UPPCL and the NPCL had already expired and the UPPCL was supplying it 15-mw electricity only on an ad hoc basis. However, when the UPPCL slapped a Rs 18 crore bill on it the NPCL refused paying the bill.

The matter ultimately reached the UPERC, which ruled that the NPCL, for the time being, paid Rs 5 crore only and then both the parties settled the issue through mutual dialogue within three weeks.