New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today held a review meeting with lenders and senior officials on the financial stress faced by some of the power projects, including that of Tata Power and Adani Group in Gujarat.Also Read - 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Sulawesi, Indonesia: Report
The high-level meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Misra, senior officials of power ministry, SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar, among others, sources said. Also Read - Covid Positive Man Wears Niqab, Disguises Himself as His Wife to Board Plane
It is to be noted that Tata Power last year offered to sell 51 per cent stake in its 4,000 MW Mundra power project for Re 1 to states like Gujarat, which gets electricity from it, to tide over the financial crisis facing this business. Also Read - Bank Holiday Alert: Banks to Remain Closed For Next 6 Consecutive Days From Today | Complete List Here
Besides, there were allegations that Adani Group charging exorbitant electricity tariff in Gujarat.
However, the company refuted the charges saying it sold power to the state at a “very attractive” price of Rs 2.65 per unit over the last four years.
Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL), the Tata Power unit which operates the Mundra project, wrote to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd offering to retain only 49 per cent stake and operate the project as a contractor provided the procurers buy all the power at higher tariffs.
In the letter, copies of which were marked to the principal secretary to the prime minister and Union power secretary, CGPL CEO Krishna Kumar Sharma said Mundra has accumulated losses of Rs 6,457 crore against a paid up equity of Rs 6,083 crore.
It has outstanding loan of Rs 10,159 crore and lenders have stopped further disbursal due to non-viability of the project, he wrote.
Tata had in February 2006 won a bid for the 4,000 MW Mundra project in Gujarat, quoting a price of Rs 2.26 for every unit of electricity generated. It had intended to fire the plan with coal imported from mines owned by the Tata Group in Indonesia.
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