Shillong, Oct. 8: The Meghalaya government today assured that it would liquidate all financial dues which are pending with various power utilities.
Power minister Clement Marak gave the assurance on the third day of the autumn session of the Assembly.
During question hour, Marak said the outstanding amount due to the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (Neepco) was Rs 295.34 crore.
To a query raised by UDP legislator Paul Lyngdoh, the power minister said according to the Financial Restructuring Plan, the government intends to clear the dues pending not only with Neepco, but also with other utilities like the NTPC.
“Our financial position is not very sound, and we have come up with the Financial Restructuring Plan,” Marak said.
PTI reports say the country’s largest power producer, NTPC, has asked the Meghalaya government to clear its pending dues within the next three days, failing which the company will regulate power supply to the state.
In a notice sent to the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Ltd (MeECL) yesterday, NTPC said it has received less than 15 per cent of the total dues for July and August.
This is the second such notice in as many months to the hill state. The PSU power firm had earlier sent a similar notice in August when MeECL had defaulted over 80 per cent of the total payment. However, it paid the amount later.
“Since MeECL has not fully paid the bills raised on August 6 and has defaulted beyond 60 days in payments of monthly bills...(so the) notice for regulation of power supply on MeECL is hereby given,” NTPC said.
Earlier NTPC had raised bills amounting to Rs 10.53 crore and Rs 10.04 crore on August 6 and September 5 respectively for power supplied during July and August.
“Till date, MeECL has released only Rs 3.05 crore. An amount of Rs 17.52 crore remains outstanding against the bill towards energy supplied during July 2013 and August 2013 to MeECL.
When contacted, Meghalaya power minister Clement Marak said, “I am not aware of this development. I have to find out from my officials. I have not been informed yet.” NTPC supplies a total of 41.02MW power to Meghalaya from four stations — Farakka-I, Kahalgaon-I and II and Talcher-I.