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Delhi govt tightens noose on discoms

Delhi govt tightens noose on discoms
The government also asked the Reliance group owned BSES to make efforts to ensure that Saasan power plants are run at their full capacity so that Delhi gets its full quota of cheaper power.

“It was decided that provisions of PPA be studied for penalising Saasan for not generating at its full present available capacity. It was also decided that BSES discoms should make absolute efforts to ensure that Saasan power plants run with their supreme might so that Delhi gets its full quota of cheaper power,” said a senior government officer, briefing a high level meeting on power
in Delhi.

The meeting was chaired by Delhi power minister Satyendra Kumar Jain and co-chaired by Vice-Chairman of Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) Ashish Khetan. All the senior officers of the power department and members of the DDC’s task force on power were also present. According to the agreement with Saasan power plants, BSES companies were to get power at Rs 1.196 per unit. The government has also decided to write to the Centre to give full allocation of its share in
cheap power.

“All the three discoms – BSES Yamuna, BSES Rajdhani and Tata owned TDDPL have been asked to submit payment details and the outstanding amounts to power generating companies by March 25,” said the officer. The payment default of discoms has also been a major cause of power
outages in Delhi.

The power generating companies – NTPC and the likes, have been threatening to stop power supply to discoms due to outstanding dues so much so that even the Supreme Court had to intervene to ensure power supply in Delhi. The power companies were even asked to provide a detailed break-up on capital expenditure (Capex), as per the presentation in the meeting, by March 25. The twin sister concerns – BSES Y and BSES R were also asked to submit a report on Reliance Infra reducing its stake-hold in them.

The power minister also directed the discoms to ensure that there is no power cut during the peak summer months this year on account of scheduling by the discoms. They were asked to certify that adequate arrangements have been provided for power supply in summer vis-a-vis the peak power demand during those months and there will be no overloading then.
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