Similarly, its borrowing cost increased to Rs 12.1 billion from Rs 8.9 billion. The fuel cost also rose to Rs 131.18 billion in the quarter under review from Rs 119.40 billion a year ago.
Besides, the board also "approved the issue of secured/ unsecured, redeemable, taxable/ tax-free, cumulative/ non-cumulative, non-convertible debentures ('Bonds/NCDs') up to Rs 120 billion during the period commencing from the date of passing of Special Resolution in the ensuing Annual General Meeting till completion of one year thereof or the date of next Annual General Meeting in the financial year 2019-20 whichever is earlier," the company said.
The company's gross power generation in the quarter stood at 69.21 billion units (BU), up 7.45 per cent from 64.41 BU a year ago.
Its plant load factor (PLF) or capacity utilisation of coal based plants has come down by 1.07 per cent at 77.98 per cent in the quarter compared to 79.05 per cent a year ago.
The average power tariff of the company during the quarter was Rs 3.36 per unit.