NTPC rejects AAP's plea, Delhi heads to massive power outage

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NTPC rejects AAP's plea, Delhi heads to massive power outage
New Delhi, Jan 31: The Aam Aadmi Party government's power crisis turns murkier as National Thermal Power Corporation on Friday rejected the government's plea not to stop power supply to BSES Yamuna Power Ltd for defaulting on payments, say sources.

Citing lack of funds to make payments with NTPC, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd has threatened to cut power supply in eastern and central parts of Delhi for 10 hours starting from Saturday. The second-largest of the three private discoms in Delhi, BSES supplies to 1.35 million consumers.

Reacting to this, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warned Discoms that the government would cut their licence if they fail to provide uninterrupted power supply. "There are question marks over accounts of private discoms. The government will not hesitate in cancelling their licenses," Arvind Kejriwal said.

The Reliance-backed BSES has written to Delhi government asking for more time to clear its dues. "We request government to ensure that NTPC/ NHPC continue to supply power, without any disruption or regulation, by extending at least 90 days credit to the company", the letter read.

The Delhi government and Discoms are already having a troubled relationship as the former is adamant on auditing the accounts of the firms.

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