Getting an electricity connection in the capital city has now been simplified. The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has released a format wherein it has cut down on the number of documents required for getting a new connection and merged all of them into a single form.
Under the new guidelines issued by the power regulator, consumers will only have to fill the self-declaration form and submit their identification and property ownership proofs.
The move has been taken up as an extension of "ease of doing business." Besides, people can apply for the same on the websites of the discoms or even through their mobile applications.
"The new format is going to be a big help to joint properties. Earlier, if a property was shared among family members, then the ownership certificate from each member was required apart from separate ID proofs and other No Objection Certificates (NOCs). Now, they just have to fill one form and give one document each for ID and ownership," said a DERC official. If the property was in the name of a deceased member, then his/her death certificate was also required, which has been struck down now.
The bulky paperwork also used to give businessmen, industrialists and land owners a harrowing time.
"For an industrial connection we needed a licence first and then the required NOCs. For those seeking an agriculture connection, they had to first get an NOC from the BDO/District Magistrate, which used to take a lot of time. Now, all this has been scrapped," said a discom official. Instead of the ownership certificate, tenants will have to get an NOC from the owner.
Meanwhile, it is likely that the quarterly increase in power tariff, owing to implementing the power purchase agreement cost (PPAC), is likely to be delayed as the discoms are yet to submit their petitions to the commission. "We are yet to get detailed accounts from Central generation companies like the NTPC," said a discom official.
Source- The Hindu