News Brief | September 2014
Merger of hydropower firms
The Central government is planning a massive restructuring exercise that will amalgamate all State-run hydropower firms and transfer their thermal projects to NTPC to create strong companies that can take on the rapidly growing private conglomerates. The exercise aims to merge all four Central hydropower companies. According to the proposal, NHPC, SJVN, THDC and NEEPCO may be merged into one organisation that will control 10,000 MW of existing and 32,500 MW of proposed capacity. It would also transfer 4,600 MW of thermal plants controlled by hydro firms to NTPC, which in turn would shed 1,400 MW of its hydropower plants if the proposal goes through.