Centre tells 6 big defaulting states to clear dues or lose power supply

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NEW DELHI: The power ministry has warned six big defaulting states to clear dues of generation companies (gencos) and Coal India Ltd (CIL) or lose access to electricity as the outstanding amounts were causing supply side strains.
In separate letters to chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir, power secretary Alok Kumar said the piling dues because of an “unprecedented inability” of their state distribution utilities (discoms) was threatening the reliability of power supply.
Tamil Nadu tops the list with outstanding of Rs 20,842 crore to gencos and Rs 729 crore to CIL. Maharashtra is next with dues of Rs 18,014 crore to gencos and Rs 2,573 crore to CIL. Maharashtra owes Rs 11,176 crore to gencos and Rs 308 crore to CIL. UP owes Rs 9,372 crore to gencos and Rs 319 crore to CIL. Madhya Pradesh owes Rs 5,030 crore to…

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