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.