MPSEB Gets 15 Days To Clear PGCIL Dues

Mumbai, May 20: | Updated: May 21 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) on Tuesday reprimanded the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) for the non-payment of arrears of Rs 114 crore towards unscheduled interconnect (UI) charges to the PowerGrid Corporation (PGCIL).

CERC at its hearing on a petition filed by PowerGrid Corporation, which works as the western region load dispatch centre (WRLDC), directed MPSEB to clear its UI charges dues within 15 days. CERC, which has slated next hearing by end of June, said that it would take stock of the situation and give directions thereafter.

PowerGrid Corporations additional general manager Anjan Roy told FE over phone from New Delhi that CERC has upheld its prayer and asked MPSEB to clear its dues within next 15 days.

PowerGrid Corporation argued that MPSEB has failed to make payment of UI charges under the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC) and the availability based tariff (ABT). MPSEB has not accorded the highest priority to UI charges payment under the provisions of Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, 1998.

According to PowerGrid Corporation, under the ABT regime, financial and operational discipline were linked. If MPSEB does not pay the other constituent state electricity boards from the western region would presume that there was no use of ABT regime and it would seriously affect the grid operations.PGCIL submitted that there would be a free-for-all in the absence of any deterrant and such a situation would lead to grid indiscipline.