With India's deficient monsoons and oppressive heat prevailing in most parts of the country, electricity demand has jumped up which could lead to power outages in the coming days. State run power generators are also threatening to cut off supplies to distribution companies (discoms) unless they pay up Rs 20,000-crore outstanding bills.
States like states like Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand are likely to face the highest impact of the weather infirmity this year with maximum electricity shortages. This is because nearly 80 per cent of the dues are owed by northern and eastern utilities, as mentioned in the report.
"Dues are expected to mount as the country has been facing large agriculture demand as monsoon rains have not been adequate. In the absence of adequate rains, farmers need power to irrigate their land. In fact, power demand touched 1.5 lakh mega watt last week," a senior power official said, as stated in the report.
Power utilities in Delhi , BSES Rajdhani Power and BSES Yamuna Power—have outstanding dues of about Rs 1,600 crore and such utilities are unable to pay the same. The money is to be paid to central power generators such as National Hydro Power Corporation, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Power Grid Corporation of India.
BSES Rajdhani Power owed Rs 650 crore to power generators and suppliers until June this year, while BSES Yamuna Power owed at least Rs 710 crore as per the data from Central Electricity Authority.
Dues of power distributors in J&K are over Rs 2,700 crore while Rajasthan-based utilities owe about Rs 1,000 crore to generators, the report mentioned.
This kind of situation which stems from electricity supply being either free or heavily subsidized and this makes utilities give power cuts in metros, cities and towns to manage reduced power supply from generators, the report said.