Delhi’s power equations
Delhi would have plunged into darkness if it hadn’t been for the Supreme Court. It fended off a major power crisis in the capital by directing the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) not to carry out its threat to cut off supply to distribution companies owned by the Anil Ambani Group from February 10, 2014. Both Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES) Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani have to clear outstanding dues of Rs 300 cr.
A bench comprising Justices SS Nijjar and AK Sikri ordered the PSU to wait till March 26, when it would hear the pending petitions of the discoms, including its present writ petition. The bench directed BSES to pay up Rs 50 cr within a fortnight. With a blackout looming over huge parts of Delhi, BSES had sought SC’s intervention, pleading that it had no money to pay the dues. With the state of Delhi now without a government too, all are waiting for some light at the end of the tunnel.