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PFC disburses Rs 7,400 cr to sick discoms

| Updated on: Dec 12, 2012

Power Finance Corporation Ltd on Wednesday said it had disbursed Rs 7,400 crore of transitional loans to five financially ailing State Electricity Distribution Utilities (Discoms). These are in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

PFC has given a three-year moratorium on interest payment and another seven years to repay the loans, PFC Chairman Satnam Singh said.

“As and when the Discoms achieve milestones, more funds would be disbursed,” Singh added. PFC has sanctioned Rs 16,000 crore for the Discoms.

The State Discoms that approached PFC for these loans include Punjab (Rs 1,000 crore); Haryana (Rs 4,300 crore); Uttar Pradesh (Rs 1,800 crore); Rajasthan (Rs 4,500 crore); Tamil Nadu (Rs 5,000 crore) and Andhra Pradesh (Rs 3,000 crore).

However, Andhra Pradesh later did not approach PFC for the loan.

The loans offered by PFC are separate from the Discom re-structuring package unveiled by the Government. The package is open till December 30, wherein the utilities can apply to re-cast their bad loans.

On Tuesday, Minister of Power for State (Independent Charge) Jyotiraditya Scindia said that around five to six States would take up the re-structuring package.

siddhartha.s@thehindu.co.in

 

Published on December 12, 2012

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