The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition filed by NTPC Ltd to review an order of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (ATE) in a case pertaining to declaration of Commercial Operations Date (COD) at its Barh super thermal power station in Bihar.
NTPC and Gridco had locked horns over announcement of COD for the Barh thermal power plant. Gridco had vigorously contested NTPC’s decision to unilaterally declare COD and start billing infirm power, in the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). After the Commission pronounced its ruling in Gridco’s favour, NTPC moved the ATE. The ATE in its January 2019 order, upheld CERC’s order, dealing a body blow to NTPC’s pleas.
“The Supreme Court has upheld the ATE’s order. The court found NTPC’s petition untenable and dismissed it. There was no merit in their arguments”, said a Gridco source.