MSEDCL fined Rs 3000 for delaying tactics

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Nagpur, Mar 7 (UNI) The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity in New Delhi has imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) for adopting delaying tactics during a hearing on a petition from a city-based sugar factory.

The tribunal pulled up MSEDCL for its approach and directed it to deposit the fine amount with the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court today itself.

The orders were issued today during the hearing on an appeal filed by Purti Cooperative Sugar Factory against MSEDCL, counsel for the appellant, Bhanudas Kulkarni told UNI. The appeal has been filed against the objections from MSEDCL to Purti's agreement to sell the surplus electricity from its captive power plant to Reliance Energy Trading Limited (RETL).

The appeal, filed on January 10 last, had been posted for hearing for January 28, but MSEDCL sought time till February 15 to file its reply. As MSEDCL did not file its reply on February 15 either, the tribunal had fixed the hearing for today.

However, counsel for MSEDCL asked for a further date even today, which incurred the ire of the tribunal. Pulling up the state power utility for the delaying tactics, the tribunal imposed the fine and fixed the next hearing for March 24, he added.

Company sources said the electricity being generated by Purti's plant was being sold to MSEDCL after the latter raised objections to the agreement with RETL. MSEDCL owed an amount of Rs 5.5 crore to Purti on this account, the sources said.

Purti had initially agreed to sell the surplus power from its 22 MW co-generation plant near here to RETL, an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) company. The plant uses a combination of bagasse, biomass and coal as fuel.

MSEDCL later objected to the deal, saying it had first right over the surplus power. Incidentally, Purti is headed by BJP Maharashtra unit President and former minister Nitin Gadkari.

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