New Delhi: The power situation in Delhi worsened further on Friday as state-run NHPC cut 200 mega watt of supply to Reliance Infrastructure-backed discom BSES for failing to pay up the outstanding dues to the tune of over Rs 200 crore.

The cut in supply came as electricity demand today touched an all-time high of 5,330 MW.

Contrary to BSES' claim that the cut in supply did not result in any shortage, the areas where the company distributes power faced loadshedding for varying durations.

Officials said NHPC has cut supply from midnight last night and BSES was trying to persuade the power generation company to restore the supply.

They said BSES owes an Rs 225 crore to NHPC. The cut in supply of power by NHPC to BSES came a day after two power generation companies of Delhi government and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) told the discom to pay up over Rs 1,600 crore in dues. DVC has threatened to snap power supply to BSES.

A BSES spokesperson said BSES had signed an agreement with NHPC in April, 2012, for liquidation of outstanding dues. The company had paid Rs 45 crore to the power generation firm and remaining 225 crore was to be paid in 10 equal installments.

He said BSES paid the first installment of Rs 23 crore on Wednesday and there was a delay of 20 days in payment of the installment for May which was communicated to NHPC.

"While attempts to normalize the situation have been initiated, we have once again requested NHPC to take a more pragmatic view of the situation and withdraw regulation of power," said the spokesperson.

When contacted, senior Delhi Government officials said it was an issue between BSES and NHPC but indicated that they will try to resolve the dispute between the two companies so that the city does not face power shortage in the blistering heat.

Sources said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has also asked senior officials to look into the issue and ensure that people of the city do not have to face any inconvenience due to shortage of power.

BSES supplies power to 70 percent areas in the city.

The DVC had on Thursday told BSES to pay up the dues exceeding Rs 330 crore at the earliest and threatened to snap supply if they fail to do so.

Two power generation companies of Delhi government have also told the BSES to clear their dues of around Rs 1,300 crore within two-three days, failing which stern action, including cutting of supply, may take place.

Delhi government-owned generation companies Pragati Power Corporation Ltd (PPCL) and Indraprastha Power Generation Corporation Ltd (IPGCL) supply around 330 mega watt of power to BSES discoms BYPL and BRPL which distribute power to nearly 70 percent areas of the city.

DVC supplies nearly 280 MW electricity to BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna together.

"The two discoms of Delhi - BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL)and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) - have been repeatedly requested by Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to clear the outstanding immediately or else face the non-supply of power from its power stations," DVC said in a statement.

The two discoms have been receiving power from DVC since April 2007 as per the power puchase agreements signed between them. In spite of repeated reminders by DVC, the discoms have not yet made aby payment security mechanism in terms of the agreement, it said. The discoms belong to the Anil Ambani Reliance Group.


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