Home > News > World
Saturday February 1, 2014 MYT 11:40:03 PM
Saturday February 1, 2014 MYT 11:40:55 PM
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top power producer NTPC Ltd said on Saturday it might cut supplies to a company that distributes electricity to parts of New Delhi, something that could plunge the heart of India's capital into darkness.
State utility NTPC said distribution company BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, which sells electricity in the central and eastern parts of the city of about 16 million people, must clear its dues or else supplies would be cut from February 11.
Citing lower tariffs and a shortfall in revenues, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, an arm of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, has already expressed its inability to pay state-run power generation companies.
The row could result in an outage of up to 10 hours a day, exacerbating problems for Delhi's newly-elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, elected on the promise of cutting electricity tariffs for millions of Delhi's voters.
Kejriwal, a former anti-corruption activist, recently asked the state auditor to look into the accounts power distribution companies to see if they are profiteering. The companies have challenged the move in a court.
BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd are the other companies that sell electricity to consumers of Delhi.
BSES Yamuna Power Ltd on Friday warned the local government of power cuts and Kejriwal responded with a warning of a possible cancellation of its licences. But Delhi's power sector regulator approved a 6-8 percent tariff increase.
(Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
India's top court halts potential blackout in Delhi power row
South Korea may struggle to cut reliance on nuclear power - IAEA
Lonmin may need capital injection as South African strike continues
India's Modi faces battle with states to fix power crisis
U.S. think-tank says Iran may have violated nuclear deal with powers
Women City centres bring hope to El Salvador's abused women
Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defence secretary
Russia's Putin, Iran's Rouhani say substantial progress in nuclear talks - Kremlin
Turkish president rounds on feminists, says men and women not equal
EU lawmakers trade insults, Juncker set to survive censure motion
U.N. to miss December 1 Ebola target due to rising Sierra Leone cases
Kim Kardashian says goodbye to India plans
Els dreams of carrying South African flag at 2016 Olympics
Waterstones partners with Airbnb for a sleepover for winners
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)