Power dues: Telangana, AP stop power supply to each other

RSTV Bureau

Both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have stopped supplying power to each other from Saturday midnight.

KCR-NCBThe fight between the power utilities of the two states over unpaid bills has come to a head, but each one stopping power supply to the other will have no effect as both are power surplus states.

According to the AP Reorganisation Act, power generation in the combined state has to be shared between the two successor states —  53.89% to TS and 46% to AP. Accordingly, TS is getting 1513 MW and AP gets 1054 MW.

TSgenco & Transco chairman and managing director, D. Prabhakar Rao, said that there will be no impact on TS if AP decides not to share power. In fact, Andhra Pradesh’s decision to stop power supply to TS will benefit the latter, he said.

The Telangana energy department believes that it had unnecessarily been purchasing expensive power from AP and on top of this, it was supplying power to AP cheap. According to sources, the TS government is planning not to take power from AP in future but the issue of arrears has to be resolved first.

Though AP is not all that worried over TS switching off power supply since it has enough for its requirements, what is bothering the officials is how could they get Rs 4,400 crore from Telangana.