Bankrupt DISCOMs plus Covid-19 a disastrous mix


08 April 2020 |

Coronavirus lockdown and consequent slowdown in power demand are striking at the core of the power sector in India. A cascading series of litigation and payment defaults by end consumers, DISCOMs and power producers seems underway. To make matters worse, there is pressure on the DISCOMs to reduce tariffs and/ or offer payment concessions to consumers. In an unprecedented move, Maharashtra regulator has cut tariffs for all consumer categories by 7-24% for all DISCOMs in the state for a period of five years. The state regulator has also offered a three-month moratorium on fixed charge payments to C&I consumers. Uttar Pradesh has similarly provided a fixed charge deferral and more states are likely to follow suit…


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