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Power ministry to intervene in tariff dispute between Adani, Tata and States
Union power minister Piyush Goyal assured the ministers and top officials of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat in New Delhi on Tuesday that Government is willing to facilitate the bilateral solution to the complex problem of tariff increase sought by Tata and Adani for the power generated from Mundra based ultra-mega power projects (UMPP).
According to sources the state Power Secretaries have been requested to come again on Thursday for further discussion and bring a letter from their respective state government requesting Government of India to mediate between power producers and power procurers for an bilateral/out of court settlement.

Last week, Tata Power and Adani Power simultaneously announced shutdown of some of their units citing technical snags and default in payment by some power utilities. This followed Supreme Court staying the order of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) allowing Tata power and Adani power to charge extra prices for electricity generated from their power plants due to use of imported coal. Supreme Court had asked the APTEL to dispose of the matter quickly.

The states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab are procuring power from Adani Power's 4260 MW thermal power plant and Tata Power's 4,000 MW ultra mega power project both at Mundra,

APTEL on July 21 had passed an interim order allowing increase of 52 paise per unit to Tata power and 41 paise per unit to Adani Power for the electricity produced from Mundra plant. In February Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in a split decision had accepted the plea of Adani and Tata for higher tariff following change in pricing regime by Indonesia for the coal export.

According to sources Government may file an affidavit in the APTEL reinforcing the CERC powers to revise tariffs in case of rise in input costs.

It may be mentioned that Tata and Adani have sought central government's intervention for resolving the issue of compensatory tariff from their power plants in Mundra after the Supreme Court put a stay on allowing such relief to these firms. Both the firms have sent a joint proposal to the Power Minister for his consideration.

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