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Case Name : N.H.P.C. Ltd. Vs State of H.P. & Ors (High Court Himachal Pradesh)
Appeal Number : CWP No. 2916 of 2023
Date of Judgement/Order : 05/03/2024
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N.H.P.C. Ltd. Vs State of H.P. & Ors (High Court Himachal Pradesh)

Himachal Pradesh High Court quashes the Water Cess on Hydropower Electricity Generation Rule, 2023, declaring it unconstitutional and beyond state legislative competence and held as follows

(i) The provisions of the Himachal Pradesh Water Cess on Hydropower Electricity Generation Act, 2023, are declared to be beyond the legislative competence of the State Government in terms of Articles 246 and 265 of the Constitution of India and, thus, ultra vires the Constitution.

(ii) Consequently, the Himachal Pradesh Water Cess on Hydropower Electricity Generation Rules 2023, are also quashed and set aside.

(iii) Sections 10 and 15 of the Himachal Pradesh Water Cess on Hydropower Electricity Generation Act, 2023, as have been made applicable to the existing projects, are also declared to be ultra vires the Constitution and are accordingly quashed and set aside.

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