IBC can’t resolve power sector crisis, but ARCs can, says Union power secretary SC Garg


IBC can’t resolve power sector crisis, but ARCs can, says Union power secretary SC Garg

Financially crippled power companies cannot be revived or resolved under the provisions of the existing bankruptcy laws, but asset reconstruction companies can better deal with them, a senior government official said Friday.

Crucial agreements on the power purchase and fuel supply come apart if an asset goes for bankruptcy by sending it to NCLT as required under the law now, leaving only the plant and machinery, Union power secretary SC Garg said.

The power sector is one of the worst performing from an asset quality perspective for banks and Garg pegged the overall stressed portfolio at around Rs 4 trillion or over 65,000 mw of generation capacity.

“Not every kind of industry or every kind of asset can be best reconstructed through the IBC,” Garg told an event on ARCs organised by industry lobby Assocham. Read More

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