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NATIONAL THERMAL POWER CORPORATION LIMITED, THE NATIONAL HYDROELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION LIMITED AND THE NORTH-EASTERN ELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION LIMITED (ACQUISITION AND TRANSFR OF POWER TRANSMIS

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 24 of 1993


  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter II
  • Chapter III
  • Chapter IV
  • Chapter V
  • Schedules
  • Act nº 24 of 1993

Preamble

THE NATIONAL THERMAL POWER CORPORATION LIMITED, THE NATIONAL HYDROELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION LIMITED AND THE NORTH-EASTERN ELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION LIMITED (ACQUISITION AND TRANSFR OF POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS) ACT, 1993

[Act, No. 24 of 1993]

[2nd April, 1993]

PREAMBLE

An Act to provide in the public interest for the acquisition and transfer of the power transmission systems of the three companies and the right, title and interest of those companies in the power transmission system situated in different parts of India, with a view to developing the National Power Grid to ensure transmission of power, within and across the different regions of India, on a more scientific, efficient and economic basis and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-fourth Year of the Republic of India as follows :--

Chapter 1

Section 1. Short title, extent and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited and the North-Eastern Electic Power Corporation Limited (Acquisition and Transfer of Power Transmission Systems) Act, 1993.

(2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

(3) The provisions of sections 8 to 11 and sections 13 to 16 shall be deemed to have come into force on the 8th day of January, 1993 and the remaining provisions of this Act shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of April, 1992 and any reference to the commencement of this Act in any provision of this Act shall be construed as a reference to the commencement of that provision.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,--

(a) "appointed day" means the 1st day of April, 1992;

(b) "associated personnel" means the employees of each of the three companies associated with its power transmission system;

(c) "Corporation" means the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, being a company within the meaning of the Companies Act, 1956 and having its registered office at Hemkunt Chambers, 89, Nehru Place, New Delhi-110019;

(d) "notifications" means a notification published in the Official Gazette;

(e) "power transmission system", in relation to each company specified in the First Schedule, means the main transmission lines [including extra high voltage alternative current (EHVAC) lines and high voltage direct current (HVDC) lines] and substations owned by each such company;

(f) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(g) "three companies" means the companies specified in the First Schedule;

(h) words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948, or as the case may be, the Companies Act, 1956 shall have the meanings, respectively, assigned to them in those Acts.

Chapter II

Section 3. Acquisition of rights of three companies in relation to the power transmission systems

(1) On the appointed day, the power transmission system and the right, title and interest of each of the three companies in relation to its power transmission system shall, by virtue of this Act, be deemed to have been transferred to, and vested in, the Central Government.

(2) The power transmission systems vested in the Central Government by virtue of sub-section (1) shall, immediately after they had so vested, be deemed to have been transferred to, and vested in, the Corporation.

Section 4. General effect of vesting

The power transmission system shall be deemed to include all assets, rights, leaseholds, powers, authorities and privileges and all property, movable all immovable, relating to such system including lands, buildings, workshops, projects (whether complete or at any stage of completion or planning), stores, spares, instruments, machinery and equipment, construction equipment, unutilised long-term and short-term loans and all other rights and interests in, or arising out of, such property as were, immediately before the appointed day, in the ownership, possession, power or control of the three companies and all books of account, registers and all other documents of whatever nature relating thereto but shall be deemed not to include --

(a) book debts due to the three companies, immediately before the appointed day;

(b) cash balances and bank balances as on the appointed day;

(c) income and expenditure on revenue account relating to any period before the appointed day.

Explanation.-- For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that rights in relation to the power transmission system of each of the three companies, which have been transferred to, and vested in, the Corporation under sub-section (2) of section 3 and this sub-section shall include the right to collect transmission charges for transmission of power and any monies collected on or after the appointed day by any of the three companies as transmission charges (whether shown separately or not) shall be payable by such company to the Corporation.

(2) Unless otherwise expressly provided by this Act, all deeds, bonds, guarantees (other than guarantees given by the Government of India), agreements, power of attorney, grants of legal representation and other instruments of whatever nature in relation to the power transmission system of each of the three companies, subsisting or having effect immediately before the appointed day, and to which each of the three companies is a party or which are in favour of any of the said companies shall be of as full force and effect against or in favour of the Corporation and may be enforced or acted upon as fully and effectually as if in the place of the concerned company, the Corporation had been a party thereto or as if they had been issued in favour of the Corporation.

(3) If, on the 8th day of January, 1993, any suit, appeal or other proceeding of whatever nature in relation to any property or assets which have been transferred to, and vested in, the Corporation under sub-section (2) of section 3, instituted or preferred by or against any of the three companies was pending, the same shall not abate, be discontinued or be, in any way, prejudicially affected by reason of the transfer of the power transmission system of that company or of anything contained in this Act, but the suit, appeal or other proceeding may be continued, prosecuted or enforced, subject to the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 5, by or against the Corporation.

Section 5. Corporation to be liable for certain prior liabilities

(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), every liability of each of the three companies in relation to its power transmission system, in respect of any period prior to the appointed day, which has been transferred to, and vested in, the Corporation under sub-section (2) of section 3, shall be the liability of the Corporation and shall be enforceable against the Corporation and not against the company :

Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall apply to--

(a) the income and expenditure on revenue account relating to any period before the appointed day and received or, as the case may be, incurred by any of the three companies on or after the appointed day.

(b) arrears of depreciation, regarding contingent liabilities on capital account relating to any period before the appointed day, arising on account of the decision of any court, tribunal or other authority.

(2) Where any repayment of a loan or interest, or both, has been made, on or after the appointed day, by any of the three companies to any lending agency, such repayment shall be deemed to have been made by the Corporation and the amount of such repayment shall be reimbursed by the Corporation to the concerned company on adjustment of transmission charges or any other amount due to the Corporation from the concerned company.

Section 6. Corporation to be lessee or tenant

(1) Where any property is held by any of the three companies in relation to its power transmission system under any lease or right of tenancy, the Corporation shall, on and from the appointed day, be deemed to have become the lessee or tenant, as the case may be, in respect of such property as if the lease or tenancy in relation to such property had been granted to the Corporation and thereupon all the rights under such lease or tenancy shall be deemed to have been transferred to, and vested in the Corporation.

(2) On the expiry of the term of any lease or tenancy referred to in sub-section (1), such lease or tenancy shall, if so desired by the Corporation, be renewed on the same terms and conditions on which the lease or tenancy was held by any of the three companies immediately before the appointed day.

Section 7. Removal of doubts

(1) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the provisions of sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 shall apply to the extent to which any property appertains to the business relating to the power transmission system carried on by the three companies and to the rights and powers acquired, and to debts, liabilities and obligations incurred, and to contracts, agreements and other instruments made by any of the three companies and to legal proceedings relating to those matters pending in any court, tribunal or other authority in India.

(2) If any question arises as to whether any property appertained, on the appointed day, to any business of any of the three companies in relation to its power transmission system, or whether any rights, powers, debts, liabilities or obligations were acquired or incurred or any contract, agreement or other instrument was made by any of the three companies for the purposes of its said business, or whether any document relates to those purposes, the question shall be referred to the Central Government which-shall, after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard to the persons interested in the matter, decide it in such manner as it may think fit.

Section 8. Payments of amount

(1) For the transfer to, and vesting in, the Central Government under sections 3 and 4, of the power transmission system and the right title and interest of each of the three companies in relation to its power transmission system, there shall be paid, in the prescribed manner, by the Central Government to each of the three companies such amount as is equal to the book value of all the assets and properties after deduction of liabilities (other than contingent liabilities) given in the audited statement of accounts of each of the three companies as on the 31st day of March, 1992.

(2) For the transfer to, and vesting in, the Corporation under sub-section (2) of section 3 of the power transmission system and the right, title and interest of each of the three companies in relation to its power transmission system, there shall be paid, in the prescribed manner, by the Corporation to the Central Government, the amount which is paid by that Government to the three companies under sub-section (1)

(3) In case of any dispute relating to the nature of any asset, property or liability or the amount payable under sub-section (1), the dispute shall be referred to the Central Government to such authority as it may appoint and the decision of that authority in the matter shall be final.

Chapter III

Section 9. Duty of persons to account for assets, etc., in their possession

(1) Any person who has, on the date of commencement of this Act, in his possession or under his control, any assets, books and any other documents relating to the power transmission system which has been transferred to, and vested in, the Corporation under sub-section (2) of section 3 shall be liable to account for the said assets, books and documents to the Corporation and shall deliver them up to the Corporation or to such person or persons as the Corporation may specify in this behalf.

(2) The Corporation may take or cause to be taken all necessary steps for securing possession of the power transmission system which has been transferred to, and vested in, the Corporation under this Act.

(3) Each of the three companies shall, within such period as the Corporation may allow in this behalf, furnish to the Corporation a complete inventory of all its property and assets as on the appointed day pertained to its power transmission system which has been transferred to, and vested in, the Corporation under sub-section (2) of section 3.

Chapter IV

Section 10. Continuance of associated personnel

(1) On the vesting of the power transmission system of the three companies in the Corporation, the associated personnel who have been immediately on or before the appointed day, employed in any of the three companies and have not already become employees of the Corporation shall become, on and from the date of commencement of this Act, employees of the Corporation and shall hold office or service under the Corporation on the terms and conditions which are not in any way less favourable than those which would have been admissible to them if there had been no such vesting and shall continue to do so unless and until their employment, under the Corporation is duly terminated or until their remuneration and other conditions of service are duly altered by the Corporation.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, or any other law for the time being in force, the transfer of the services of the associated personnel to the Corporation, shall not entitle such personnel to any compensation under this Act or any other law for the time being in force and no such claim shall be entertained by any court, tribunal or other authority.