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Scheme for Power Distribution Companies, wherein 50 per cent of the outstanding short-term liabilities (STL) as on March 31, 2012, are to be taken over by the respective state governments. This amounts to about Rs 550 crore in the case of the Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Co. Ltd. The government has said absorbing the STL may excessively burden the budget and sought a change in the structure of the scheme.
Delhi has made significant progress in ramping up capacity in sync with rising demand, despite constraints of land and fuel. Last fiscal, Delhi met a peak of 5,642 MW, up from 4,408 MW in 2009-10, and is gearing up to meet a peak of 6,000 MW this fiscal. The state’s own generation capacity increased from 982 MW to 2,200 MW during the 11th plan and another 2,800 MW is proposed to be added during the 12th, taking the total capacity to around 5,000 MW.
On the distribution side, Delhi’s aggregate losses are down from 25.18 per cent four years ago to 15.15 per cent in 2011-12, as compared to the national average of 26.15 per cent. But the financial positions of the three private distribution utilities, especially the two run by BSES, are reported to be in bad shape.
Among showcase projects, the first 750-MW phase of the Bawana plant was commissioned in 2010-11. While the second 750-MW phase is almost ready for commissioning, the lack of supply of enough gas is holding up progress. Also, the project for islanding Delhi, which would put it on par with Mumbai, is being implemented and expected to be completed by 2013-end or 2014.
Generation capacity is up from 6,418.8 MW in March 2006 to 10,698.6 in March 2013. This is largely on account of capacity set up by central sector utilities, which have almost doubled capacity from 1,715.85 MW to 3,526.1 MW during the period. Also, while AT&C losses have come down from 37.79 per cent to 27.11 per cent between 2009 and 2012, these are still higher than the national average. The government says revenues have increased from Rs 4,521 crore in 2003