Power transmission lines are suspended from electricity pylons (Photographer: Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

NTPC To Curtail Power Supply To Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh From Midnight

NTPC Ltd. will regulate power supply to Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh from Tuesday midnight for not clearing dues outstanding for over 60 days.

Three separate notices issued to the state power distribution companies show as much as Rs 4,138.4 crore has been due for over 60 days. Power generators can serve notice for regulation of power to defaulters, according to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s guidelines.

In the notices, the state-run power giant asked to pay the total amount. These dues include bills pending for supply of solar as well as thermal power by NTPC.

NTPC cited the CERC guidelines on regulation of power supply. It said: “In case of outstanding dues or in case the required letter of credit or any other agreed payment security mechanism is not maintained as per the agreement, the generating company may serve a notice for regulation of power supply on the defaulting entity, for reducing the drawl schedule.”

NTPC has decided to regulate power to these states for three months from Feb. 6 or till the time these power distributors clear the pending dues. The company can reduce supplies to these three states by around 3,470 MW from its Ramagundam, Simhadri, Talcher and Kudgi power plants.

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