Delhi is all set to be administered a bitter pill before the budget as Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) is expected to increase the power rates by July 20. The city's power regulator is likely to oblige the power distributing utilities by increasing the power rates by 15-20 per cent i.e about Rs 2 per unit.
The DERC is at present analysing the petitions and comments submitted by power distribution companies and consumers and is set to announce the upward revision of the power tariff by next week. With the regulatory body done with the formalities to increase the electricity rates, residents in the national capital may see an increase of Rs 2 per unit. "An announcement on power tariffs in the national capital can be expected after July 20," a senior power department official said. At present, power consumers in the city are paying the full price of electricity which is charged at Rs 3.90 per unit up to 200 units, and Rs 5.80 per unit for more than 200 units. There are 34.61 lakh power consumers in the city who are supplied power by BYPL, BRPL and TPDDL.
The three electricity utilities have demanded hike in electricity charges claiming that they were facing 20-30 percent loss due to hike in electricity charges purchased from public sector power generating companies particularly due to increase in fuel cost. The move of DERC is despite the fact that visitors from various walks of life, domestic consumers and representatives of RWAs, commercial and industrial sectors, during DERC's two-day public hearing on June 20-21, urged the regulator to freeze power charges till completion of the ongoing CAG audit.
The regulator also clarified that the ongoing CAG audit will have no bearing on the tariff announcement. BSES discoms are facing financial crunch and counting heavily on higher tariffs in order to make regular payment to NTPC.
It's pertinent to mention that former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had declared that the government would not allow any hike in electricity rates till the CAG audit is completed and even went on to threatening the discoms to cancel their licences.
Source- asian Age