Reliance Infrastructure's distribution arms in Delhi have promised to settle the electricity bills of NTPC by Monday to ward off the state-run behemoth's threat to turn off power supply for non-payment of bills of about Rs 900 crore.
NTPC had served a notice on BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, which cater to two-thirds of the capital's population, and said it would turn off the switch at the start of Wednesday if the bills were not settled.
"BSES, Delhi's leading power distribution company, has ensured that no inconvenience would be caused to its 2.8 million consumers in the capital, as a consequence of the recent notice by NTPC to discontinue it power supply," BSES said in a statement.
"BSES stands committed to supply uninterrupted quality power to our consumers and will make all efforts to ensure no inconvenience," it said.
Power distribution in Delhi was privatised in July 2002 and handed over to three companies. BSES Rajdhani supplies power to southern and western areas such as Nehru Place, Hauz Khas, Dwarka, RK Puram and Punjabi Bagh, while BSES Yamuna caters to central and east Delhi, including Chandni Chowk, Yamuna Vihar, Daryaganj and Mayur Vihar.
Northern areas of the city come under Tata Group's North Delhi Power Ltd. This utility, which controls distribution in a smaller area, has paid its dues and maintained the required letter of credit or guarantee from banks, NTPC officials said.
NTPC signed Power Purchase Agreements with these distribution companies after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission's order on April 1, 2007.