KPTCL seeks Rs 2,727 crore for various plans

Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) has sought Rs 2,727 crore for the year 2013-14 for implementing its various plans.

In its presentation before the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), during a hearing on the annual revision of power tariff, KPTCL officials said they had received approval of Rs 1,918 crore for 2012-13. However, they added that their capital expenditure had increased due to enhancing transmission capacity, increasing costs of power generation and power purchase.

At the present time, they are charging Escoms Rs 1.12 lakh for transmission of 1 MW per month, they explained and added that they sought an increase to Rs 1.19 lakh for the same.

Capacity increase

The KPTCL intends to increase transmission capacity to 19,061 MW as demand from Escoms have increased. According to KPTCL projections, the demand at presents stood at 9,201 MW from Bescom; 1,615 MW from Mescom; 2,083 MW from Cesc; 2,295 MW from Gescom and 3,867 MW from Hescom.

The increase in capital expenditure sought by KPTCL is expected to cost Escoms about 6-7 paise per unit. KERC will hear Bescom’s application for annual revenue requirement on February 25.

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