Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the 'Bijli Vivad Samadhan Scheme', or electricity bill disputes redressal scheme, while promising that electricity rates in Delhi would become even cheaper.
The one-time settlement scheme was launched by the CM at Badrinath Park, West Vinod Nagar, keeping in mind the volume of complaints received by the government from consumers. Officials said the scheme will also minimise power theft.
Under the scheme, those living in JJ clusters — who were unable to pay dues in the past — will be charged Rs 250 per month for the period in which they haven't paid dues. The late payment surcharge or interest, will be fully waived and the dues can be paid in six monthly installments.
"Those who live in JJ clusters and have one fan — they have received a bill of Rs 1 lakh... Those living in jhuggis and facing issues with their bills can pay Rs 250 per month, for all the months they couldn't pay," said Kejriwal.
For small and medium consumers of domestic category who have booked for direct theft, with a load of up to 11 kW, the complete late payment surcharge will be waived off. Two-thirds of the balance outstanding amount will be waived if they pay in one go. Otherwise, 60 per cent of the outstanding balance will be waived, if they pay in four monthly installments.
Similarly, small and medium domestic and commercial consumers with sanctioned load up to 11 kW and booked for meter tampering, will be allowed waiver of 100 per cent late payment surcharge and two-third of the balance outstanding, if they pay the total amount in one go.
Otherwise, 60 per cent of the outstanding balance will be waived. The outstanding balance has to be paid in four monthly installments.
The scheme will remain in effect from August 30, 2015 to September 30, 2015. Discoms shall implement the scheme in their areas through special camps in association with the respective MLAs, officials said.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain and officials of all three power discoms in Delhi were present during the launch. The scheme will benefit about 2.5 lakh consumers in Delhi, Jain said. Over half-a-dozen power consumers who had paid revised bills were handed over no dues certificates.
Source- Indian Express