NATIONAL THERMAL POWER CORPORATION LTD Vs. WEST BENGAL STATE ELECTRICITY BOARD
CENTRAL ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION
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Introductory Remarks -
(1.) THE application is made by the petitioner, National THErmal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC) to seek revision of O&M expenses for the period 1.4.2001 to 31.3.2004 in respect of Kahalgaon Super Power Station (Kahalgaon STPS).
(2.) The petitioner had filed Petition No. 37/2001 for approval of tariff for Kahalgaon STPS for the period 1.4.2001 to 31.3.2004 on 1.1.2001. This petition was based on the terms and conditions for determination of tariff contained in Ministry of Power notification dated 30.3.1992. Subsequently, the petitioner filed the amended petition on 31.1.2002, based on the terms and conditions notified by the Commission under Section 28 of the Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998. The application was disposed of by order dated 4.8.2005 when the Commission determined the final tariff for the period in question. Petitioner's contention
In the present application, the petitioner has pleaded that it had actually incurred an expenditure of Rs.29620 lakh under O&M during the period 1.4.2001 to 31.3.2004, though the Commission has approved O&M expenses amounting to Rs. 27793 lakh, leaving an uncovered gap of Rs.1827 lakh. Accordingly, the petitioner has sought revision of O&M expenses allowed by the Commission. According to the petitioner, the difference between the expenses actually incurred and those allowed is on account of the fact that the base "employee cost" considered for the generating station and the corporate office was provisional and that a part of actual O&M expenses incurred during 1995-2000 under certain heads, particularly the employee cost, were disallowed for normalisation.
(3.) THE petitioner in support of its claim for revision of O&M expenses has relied upon the observations made in the order dated 21.12.2000, which according to the petitioner granted it liberty to approach the Commission for reimbursement of actual expenses with proper justification.;
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