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Delhi Discoms to push for steep hike in tariff

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Tariff shokeThe new power tariff is expected early next month, and recent developments indicate that private discoms are pushing for a steep hike in domestic tariff. The Reliance-backed BSES discoms were in the spotlight last week for defaulting in payments to at least three generating companies, and have stopped getting supply from one. Sources said all this has led the BSES discoms to pursue their case for a hike with the regulator.

 The timing is significant as the city's power demand is touching a new high almost every other day. Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission is also on the verge on announcing the tariff, making last-minute changes. The BSES discoms have put the blame for defaults squarely on "unrealistic tariff", which they say has plunged them into a financial crisis. A source said the discoms deserve the hike that they have been claiming for and that without it the city could face blackouts.

Tata Delhi Power, however, has managed to steer clear of controversy by paying all its dues. The BSES discoms are getting regulated supply from NTPC, DVC and the city's generating stations. NHPC officials said they would not supply 260MW of power to BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna till they clear their long-standing dues. The Delhi government has surprisingly come out in support of the private companies, with the CM saying a tariff hike was needed to solve the problems. The government has already infused equity to the tune Rs 500 crore to help the BSES discoms secure a bank loan. Any further assistance could incur the ire of the opposition.

Source- ToI


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