Delhi discoms hike power tariff, millions likely to be affected

Written by | February 1, 2014 | 0

New Delhi Feb 01: People in the national capital will have to shell out more money for electricity consumed from tomorrow as the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday hiked the power tariff by up to eight per cent amid a tug of war between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and power companies.

According to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), the BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) increased its tariff eight percent, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) by six percent and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) by seven percent.

The DERC said the decision was taken following the assessment of the private distribution companies’ (discom) quarterly revenue of surcharge.

More than a million homes in many parts here are likely to face upto 10 hours of outages daily from tomorrow.

Meanwhile, condemning the power tariff hike, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the power companies should have waited for the CAG audit reports of the firms.

Before coming to power, AAP had promised that it will slash the rates of power for Delhiites but did so only in selected slabs, prompting BJP to term it as an “eyewash”.

DERC chairman PD Sudhakar told PTI that the fuel cost adjustment has resulted in hike in surcharge. We have decided to effect the hike to adjust the power purchase cost of the distribution companies,” Sudhakar said. DERC will review the hike in the form of fuel surcharge after three months.

He said power distribution companies are facing financial difficulties and ways must be explored to help them.

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