Forget discoms, Bawana plant costliest power supplier to Delhi

Feb 17 2014, 08:47 IST
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The average cost of power billed by the Delhi govt-owned power project at Bawana works out to a whopping Rs 13 per unit. The average cost of power billed by the Delhi govt-owned power project at Bawana works out to a whopping Rs 13 per unit.
SummaryArvind Kejriwal seemed to have missed out on costliest source of power supply in Delhi.

and Punjab) amounted to a total of Rs 418.35 crore, which combined with the energy charge of Rs 120.81 crore for the period, worked out to an average tariff of over Rs 13 per unit for the six months period.

Since it has a power purchase agreement in place with the five Delhi discoms ó BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, Tata Power, MES (Cantonment) and New Delhi Municipal Council ó as well as Punjab and Haryana, all the utilities are forced to shell out capacity charge for the fuel-starved second block units of the Pragati project that is being scheduled on imported fuel. Consumers, in turn, have to foot the bill by way of retail tariffs.

Around 70 per cent of the power from the project is being supplied to the discoms of Delhi, while 10 per cent each going to Punjab and Haryana. As it stands, one of the solutions is for the Delhi government to forego the return on equity ó which works out to 20-30 per cent of tariff ó in order to provide relief to consumers.

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