Over 13 lakh electricity consumers in east and central Delhi could face up to 8-10 hours of load shedding from the first week of February due to power shortage.
BSES Yamuna Power (BYPL) has warned the Delhi government that central utilities like NTPC and NHPC could stop power supply to the discom due to non-payment of electricity dues, forcing it to resort to power cuts. The warning comes after the Delhi High Court recently rejected Delhi discoms’ petition to stay a CAG audit of their accounts initiated by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in the state.
The discom is required to clear its dues by February 5 for electricity purchased from central utilities during January. Failing that, state-owned generators can regulate power supply to the discom.
“It unfortunately appears inevitable that there will be substantial load shedding of up to 8-10 hours possibly as early as from February 1, 2014 in our license area, causing grave hardship to millions of our valued consumers in east and central Delhi,” said the letter from Arvind Gujral, CEO, BSES to the Delhi power secretary.
Gujral added: “Owing to the continuing cash constraints, BYPL has recently not been able to pay Damodar Valley Corporation and SJVN in full, as a result of which 259 MW of power has already been regulated. To ensure no disruption of services to our consumers and avoid any load shedding, we had made alternative arrangements through short term purchases. However, that is no longer feasible.”
To avoid the possibility of forced loadshedding, Gujral further said: “We urge the government in the interests of millions of power consumers in east and central Delhi to take immediate action to ensure that there is no disruption or regulation of power by central utilities.”