NTPC’s notice to Meghalaya Energy Corporation Ltd (MeECL)warning 100% regulation of power supply from its stations has had its impact with the latter paying up its dues for the August 2013 to the former. NTPC had issued a notice to MeECL as the latter had failed to pay full energy bill on time and also had not maintained the required LC with NTPC.
NTPC, accordingly, has decided against pursuing the notice of suspension of power supply MeECL and has asked the latter to ensure that the existing LC is brought to the requisite level of Rs 8.45 crore at the earliest. MeECL will also be liable to pay Late Payment Surcharge (LPSC) as applicable as per CERC regulation for delaying the payments beyond 60 days time.
MeECL has total installed capacity is 314.70 MW which is not enough to meet the existing demand in the state. Part of the deficit is met through the electricity it buys from NEEPCO, NHPC and NTPC. NTPC supplies 49.03 MW of power to Meghalaya. It may be recalled here that in the recent past NEEPCO had stopped supplying power to the state as the state government had failed to pay its dues to NEEPCO running into more than Rs 200 crore.