Power producers pull plug on truant discoms
DVC is facing payment delays for power supplied to BSES discoms and may also be forced to issue notice for disconnection.
The two discoms together owe about Rs 250 crore to the public sector generator for power supplied by it. DVC chairman RN Sen has sought intervention from Shakti Sinha, principal secretary, power, Delhi government, in this matter. “If the issue of payment of outstanding dues by BSES discoms does net get resolved, we will be forced to issue them notice to discontinue power supply,” Sen told FE.
Private power companies like Tata Power and Lanco Power too have issued power regulation notices to their customers. While Tata Power has recently served notice to halt power supply to Rajasthan discoms from the Mundra ultra mega power project over pending payment security issues, Lanco Power just stopped generation from its 1,200 MW imported coal-based Udupi plant, citing coal unavailability after Karnataka discoms ran up unpaid dues of Rs 1,400 crore. Since the state consumes 90% of electricity generated by the Udupi plant, it plunged into a crisis after the station halted generation. Given the risks of public disorder over massive load-shedding, the Karnataka chief minister himself had to intervene in the matter.
Since then, the plant has started generation after a coal consignment arrived from Indonesia. However, Lanco sources denied the coal shortage
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