NTPC threatens to cut power supply to Jammu and Kashmir over dues of Rs 2,000 crore

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State-run power generation company NTPC has threatened to curtail power supply to Jammu & Kashmir from February 19 unless the state’s power development department clears dues that have shot up to almost Rs 2,000 crore. Of the total outstanding dues, as much Rs 1,626 crore has been pending for more than 60 days.

As per the regulation notice sent to the electricity distribution company (discom) by NTPC, some of the bills for which payments have not been made were issued as early as February 2018. The state discom’s aggregate technical and commercial losses – an indicator of losses due to pilferage and billing inefficiencies – stand at a staggering 52.8%, against the national average of 21.2%.