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Delhi private Discoms lobbying for tariff hike - DERC

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DERCThe Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) is likely to release a new tariff order for the Capital within a week. The discoms, the regulator and the stakeholders have been involved in deliberations regarding the tariff order for nearly four months now. It is rumoured that the tariff is likely to be increased.

The DERC recently issued a notice to all discoms in Delhi to stop issuing statements regarding the tariff order. A senior DERC official said, “It appears that the discoms are lobbying to ensure that the tariff order is in their favour. It is highly inappropriate of them to make official statements about the reasons why the tariff should be hiked.”

The notice adds that discoms have been sending official representations to the commission on matters related to the tariff order even after the public hearing has been closed. “The discoms should appreciate that after the public hearing has ended, they should file documents before the commission on tariff-related issues only when they are asked,” the notice states.

Last year, despite much speculation, the commission did not hike the tariff. The discoms have shown a gap between their expenditure and earnings, asking for the tariff to be increased by at least 15 per cent. “The discoms claim fund shortage. Nothing could be farther from the truth as their records have been scrutinised,” another official added.

Source - Indian Express

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