Power tribunal hit by manpower shortage

Despite a growing pile of undecided cases, the government appears in no hurry to equip the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel) with sufficient strength to adjudicate on matters pending before it.

While the government is yet to appoint a technical member to replace Rakesh Nath, who superannuated on May 20, the other technical member T Munikrishnaiah is on leave due to a medical condition. Without at least one member with technical expertise in electricity sector, Aptel can’t sit and hear appeals pending before it. The situation, incidentally, has arisen at a time when several high-profile cases including the appeals filed by Tata Power and Adani Power on the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) orders on “compensatory tariffs” need to be disposed of by the tribunal with a sense of urgency.

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