SHILLONG, March 11: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Tuesday informed that the State government owes over Rs 470 crore to 11 public and private power companies, for the power the state purchased from them.
Replying to a Call Attention Motion moved by Garo National Council (GNC) legislator Clifford R Marak during the third day of the ongoing Budget Session here, Dr Sangma said, “The total outstanding dues against power purchase from 11 power companies have touched Rs 473.85 crore as on February 28 last.”
The approximate monthly power bill against power purchase from these companies is about Rs 34.73 crore, he said, of which the state government has cleared payments of only Rs 159.41 crore till March 5.
According to the Chief Minister, the result for accumulation of the outstanding dues was because of huge supplementary bills raised by the central power sector units, consequent upon the final tariff order issued by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in accordance with their tariff regulation from 2009 - 14 with retrospective effect.
He also informed that the state suffered a huge transmission loss of about 30 MW for which the state government has to bear the losses during power transfers.
Meghalaya owes maximum to NEEPCO which has nearly touched Rs 364 crore followed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited at Rs 28.39 crore, followed by National Thermal Power Corporation at Rs 24.65 crore and National Hydro Power Corporation at Rs 21.23 crore.
The state government is also yet to pay Assam Electricity Board Rs 14.6 crore for wheeling charges during which the transfer of power to the state was made through their grid.
The others pending dues include Rs 4.16 crores to Unschedule Interchange (UI), Rs 2.17 crore – Mittal Processors Private Limited (MPPL), Rs 2 crore – NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), Rs 7.50 crore – Global Energy Private Limited (GEPL) and Rs 5.51 crore - ONGC Tripura Power Corporation (OTPC).
The Chief Minister also informed that the state's Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has short term liabilities worth over Rs 440 crore which was eligible for reimbursement under Financial Restructuring Plan of the Government of India whose last date of submission was July 31 last year.
Since the submission was not made on time, Dr Sangma said the state government has pursued with the Union Power Minister to extend the deadline till June this year so as to enable the state to avail reimbursement of at least 25 per cent of the total liabilities.
The power scenario has been a cause of concern during the last few years. The state has been facing a power deficit to the extent of 20-30% of the demand, Governor Dr K K Paul told the Assembly during his address last week.