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Dispute over 300MW power from JSW power - SRLDC moves Supreme Court

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Supreme ccourtThe Supreme Court will hear on April 19 a petition filed by the Southern Regional Load Dispatch Centre (SRLDC) seeking stay of an order passed by the Karnataka government directing stoppage of 300 MW power supply to Tamil Nadu for April and May as per the applications of JSW Power Trading Co. Ltd.

Within 10 days of JSW Power Trading Company getting the nod of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to export 300 MW from its plant in Karnataka to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for April and May, the Yeddyurappa government, citing acute shortage of power in the state, passed an order on April 3 directing all power generators to stop all exports and supply power only to the state.

The Southern Region Load Dispatch Centre (SRLDC) accordingly informed TNEB that no power would be available to it from the JSW plant. TNEB moved the Madras High Court, which on April 7 directed SRLDC to restore supply of 300 MW of power for April and May as was originally approved by CERC by way of inter-state transmission.

Not to be left behind in the war over electricity, the Karnataka government moved the high court at Bangalore on April 8 seeking compliance of the April 3 government order banning export of power. The HC obliged and directed SRLDC to take all necessary steps forthwith to give effect to the government order of April 3.

This created a catch-22 situation for SRLDC. If it complied with the Madras HC order it stood in contempt of the Karnataka HC and vice-versa. Unable to face the possibility of contempt heat, SRLDC rushed to the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking transfer of both the cases from the two HCs to the apex court itself for adjudication.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam said TNEB has even served a legal notice on SRLDC saying if round-the-clock power supply of 300 MW power was not done till the end of May, it would initiate contempt proceedings against the distributing body.

A Bench comprising Justices S H Kapadia and Swatanter Kumar posted the matter for detailed hearing on Monday and said no contempt action be initiated against SRLDC till then.

SRLDC is the statutory body constituted under section 27 of the Electricity Act, 2003 having territorial jurisdiction for the southern region for the purpose of overseeing inter-state transmission of electricity. It is an apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system in the southern region.

Source- Times of India

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