Despite claims of crackdown on power theft, the financial losses of Uttar Pradesh’s power distribution utilities rose by almost 1,000 times in the past 16 years — from Rs 77 crore in 2000-01 to around Rs 72,000 crore in 2016-17.
At a time when both rural and urban consumers are feeling the pinch of power tariff hike, the decision of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited to give subsidy on 30,000 units to new upcoming airports in the state has come under fire from Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad.
UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) on Wednesday directed the officials to lodge FIRs against meter readers if they are found guilty of deliberately handing out incorrect or inflated bills to consumers.
The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has adopted Rs 7.02 per unit as the solar tariff for the year 2015-16 for nine bidding companies who have already commissioned their projects for 12 years.
The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has disallowed interim relief to Bajaj Energy after the company sought compensation after its 450 MW plant was shut after the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) terminated the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed in 2010.
The BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh government is using strong-arm tactics, such as the unilateral termination of power purchase agreements (PPAs), to get generators to reduce electricity tariffs.
Determined to curb power theft that is financially bleeding its power distribution companies (discoms), the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh has decided to invoke stringent laws like the National Security Act and Goonda Act to deal with electricity thieves.
Under the BJP government, UP’s power sector is on the revival path. After dithering for years over implementation of bold measures to bridge the revenue gap and restore UP Power Corporation Ltd’s financial health, the state has decided to bite the bullet on tariff increase for non-industrial consumers.
Earlier last month, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) had cancelled power purchase agreements (PPAs) with a few firms for delay in commissioning projects as per schedule.
During a three-month special drive launched by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to check power theft in Bareilly division