IPPs seek liquidity window to clear dues 

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Want special line of credit by Power Finance Corporation to discoms 

  • Reeling under a liquidity crunch, independent power producers (IPPs) in the country are seeking liquidity window through a special line of credit by the Power Finance Corporation to power distribution companies (discoms) to clear their outstanding power bills of ₹50,000 crore up to March 31, 2020. 
  • This, since the IPPs do not have funds to buy coal or pay freight charges.  
  • Once the coal stocks at the plants deplete, they may have no other option but to shut down the plant till their liquidity situation improves.  
  • The Association of Power Producers (APP) has written to the government seeking the liquidity window through a special line of credit by PFC/REC for discoms to clear their outstanding power bills of around ₹50,000 crore up to March 3, 2020. 
  • This comes at a time when the revenue collection by discoms has fallen by as much as 80%, and payments to generators have also crashed correspondingly due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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