SHILLONG, April 1: There is fresh trouble for the crisis-hit Meghalaya Power Department as the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has warned of regulating electricity supply to the State from April 14 if its outstanding dues are not cleared by April 8.
In a notice addressed to the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL,) Arun Kembhavi, the PGCIL has said that the MeCL owes Rs 46.51 crore to it. Stating that the MeCL’s dues touched Rs 56.89 crore till March 31, it added that the outstanding amount of Rs 46.51 crore has been pending for the last 45 days.
The notice further said: “The implementation of regulation of power supply as per our earlier notice dated 29.01.2021 was modified based on the commitment of MeCL for clearing dues, but MeCL failed to comply their own commitment.”
It is a “matter of serious concern that MeECL has consistently failed to clear the full dues against the monthly bills raised on it towards transmission of tariff despite regular follow up by the Central Transmission Utility (CTU) and commitments by MeECL”, stated the notice.
The PGCIL said that if the MeECL fails to clear the total outstanding dues by April 8, it would be compelled to regulate the 50-MW power it supplies to the MeECL from April 14.