New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir is facing imminent threat of massive power outage after it failed to pay dues to electricity generator NTPC Ltd. The state-run company has served notice to the power department, asking it to pay dues of over Rs 1,600 crore or it will snap electricity from February 19.
On February 5, the company had issued similar notices to Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to regulate power, as the states had about Rs 4,138 crore dues for over 60 days. But those notices were later put on hold after the distribution companies or discoms in the southern states assured of paying up.
The aggregate technical and commercial losses (AT&C), which indicates the amount of electricity lost due to pilferage and billing inefficiencies, are highest in Jammu and Kashmir among all the states, at 52.8 per cent against the national average of 21.2 per cent, according to government data.