Even as the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), along with its partner NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), is gearing itself to supply power to Bangladesh, where it recently won a supply contract of 300 megawatt (Mw) of power for a 15-year time period, both are headed to be drawn into a legal battle on the same.
Piyush Joshi, partner with law firm, Clarus Law Associates, has recently filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court against both these firms, challenging the legalities involved in the bidding process.
According to Joshi, who is also an energy practitioner and advises companies on their energy requirements, DVC’s submission of bid for sale of electricity to Bangladesh is void as it is a statutory corporation regulated by the DVC Act, 1948, and cannot sell electricity outside the designated area of Damodar Valley, which comprises the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand, according to Section 1(2) of the said Act.
“In case it wants to supply power to other areas, permission from the government would be needed but it cannot be for exports,” Joshi alleged. Read More
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