Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been claiming that Telangana is a rich and number one state in the country and there is absolutely no comparison with Andhra Pradesh which is lagging behind many states in revenue generation.
Yet, the Telangana state owes Rs 4,500 crore power dues to Andhra Pradesh and has not been clearing it for the last three years.
A few days ago, the Andhra Pradesh government has filed a case against Telangana government seeking clearance of its power dues.
According to reports, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGenco) filed a petition in the Hyderabad bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for recovery of ‘dues’ of nearly Rs 4,500 crore from Northern Power Distribution Company of Telangana (TSNPDCL).
“We filed the case after exhausting all options. We have to get nearly Rs 4,500 crore towards dues,” APGenco Managing Director K Vijayanad said.
In fact, APGenco filed a similar petition last year also but withdrew it because of some technical issues. Now, it filed a fresh petition.
In June last year, power transmission was suspended between AP and Telangana following claims of non-payment of dues to each other by the discoms of the two States.
The undivided AP had power generation capacity of 16,465 MW. After the State’s bifurcation on June 2, 2014, over 60 per cent of the power plants by capacity became part of the residual AP.
Telangana got less than 40 per cent as its share, leaving the newly carved State with power shortage then.
According to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, the combined power generated in both the States was to be shared in 43:57 ratio between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.