Delhi discoms not paying bills, says power producer

Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) India Ltd has registered complaints with the Union Power Ministry against two Delhi electricity distribution utilities (discoms) for non-payment of dues.

In the wake of this, the power producer has requested the Ministry to allow it to divert the electricity it currently supplies to Delhi to other Northern States. THDC is a joint venture between Centre and Uttar Pradesh, and supplies electricity to nine Northern States from the 1,000-MW Tehri and 400-MW Koteshwar hydro projects.

The two discoms – BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) – have total outstanding of Rs 183.23 crore with THDC. Of this, Rs 132.56 crore is outstanding for more than 60 days.

Arrears

During the past two years, the two Delhi discoms had been continuously defaulting and not paying on time, the Government power company told the Ministry. BYPL released Rs 2 crore on July 27, after a gap of 11 months as a result of requests and meetings at the senior-most level.

Similarly, the other discom, BRPL, has been releasing monthly payment equivalent to only one month of billing amount, and the backlog is not been squared up, THDC told the Ministry.

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