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Overdrawal of power to cost UP Rs 1,500 cr

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UPThe Centre has sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government for defaulting on a payment of Rs 1,500 crore for overdrawing power from the Central grid. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has summoned top officials of UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to appear in person by 07-01-2013 and apprise the commission that how and when the dues would be cleared.

 UPPCL managing director AP Mishra said they would appear before the commission on 07-01-2013, where the UP government may seek time for clearing the dues.

The massive pendency is because the previous Mayawati government over-drew electricity before the 2011 assembly polls. Of the total dues, around Rs 1,200 crore is pending from the period the BSP was running the government. The Akhilesh Yadav government has inflated this bill by another Rs 300 crore.

The northern grid tripped twice last year, plunging the entire northern India into a power crisis. The chief culprit in the first instance was UP. AP Mishra said the state had stopped overdrawing power after August when the grid tripped. "Since then, we are depending on our own arrangements," he said.

In October, CERC had summoned CEOs of power distribution companies of Uttar Pradesh, along with Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, after the Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) filed a petition.

The NRLDC petition has said that the power overdrawn by these states is in the range of 3%-51% of the scheduled quota. Overdrawing by UP was as high as 43.32 million units (MU) per day in June 2012.
Source- TOI


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