Govt Asks States to Utilise Unallocated Power of CGS Only to Meet Own Consumers’ Requirement
The Ministry of Power has directed States to utilize unallocated power of Central Generating Stations (CGS), only to meet the power requirements of their own consumers.
October 12, 2021. By Manu Tayal
The move came after it has been brought to the notice of the Ministry of Power that some States are not supplying power to their consumers and imposing load shedding. At the same time, they are also selling power in the power exchange at a high price.
As per the guidelines for allocation of power, 15 per cent of power from CGS is kept under ‘unallocated power’ which is allocated by the Central Government to the needy States to meet the requirement of power of the consumers.
Although the responsibility of supplying electricity to the consumers is of the power distribution companies (Discoms) and they should first serve their consumers who have the right to receive 24x7 power, Power Ministry said in a statement.
Thus, Discoms should not sell power in the power exchange and starve their own consumers, the Ministry added.
The States have, therefore, been requested to use the unallocated power for supplying electricity to the consumers of the State. In case of surplus power, the States have been requested to intimate to the Government of India (GoI) so that this power can be reallocated to other needy States, it further said.
However, in case any state is found that they are not serving their consumers and selling power in the power exchanges at a higher rate, the unallocated power of such states would be withdrawn and allocated to other needy states, Power Ministry warned.
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