India's top court halts potential power blackout in Delhi

NEW DELHI Fri Feb 7, 2014 3:07am EST

A view of the Indian Supreme Court building is seen in New Delhi December 7, 2010. REUTERS/B Mathur

A view of the Indian Supreme Court building is seen in New Delhi December 7, 2010.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court ordered state-run power producer NTPC Ltd on Friday not to disconnect power supplies to distribution companies in the capital New Delhi until March 26, averting a potential blackout next week.

NTPC said had said BSES Yamuna Power, which sells electricity in the central and eastern parts of the city of about 16 million people, must pay its bills or be cut off from February 11.

The court asked BSES, part of Reliance Infrastructure to pay 500 million rupees ($8 million) to NTPC. ($1 = 62.5225 Indian rupees).

(Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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