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Dy CM Manish Sisodia shows power tariff mirror to UP govt

NEW DELHI: Those are residing in Indrapuram or Ghaziabad will have to pay electric bill more than five times than Delhi Power consumers very shortly, because the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd has written to the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission seeking for a 25% hike in the tariff. This will be a big blow to the people of UP who already pay five times that of Delhi consumers.

Sisodia attacked the BJP in a press conference, referring to news reports about the UP government's move to raise the power tariff by 25 per cent.

Sisodia said while the BJP keeps raking up the power tariff issue in the national capital, it has gone silent on the proposed 25 per cent hike in power tariff in Uttar Pradesh, including the NCR region of Noida and Ghaziabad.

"The Delhi government has been successful at maintaining the cheapest power tariffs in the country for the last four and a half years. In fact, Delhi is the only state in the country that has not allowed a single increase in tariff for four successive years," Deputy Chief minister said.

Deputy Chief Minister further said that despite this, the BJP has been trying to rake up the issue in recent weeks. Comparing the prices of power in Delhi with neighbouring UP, especially with the NCR cities of Noida, Ghaziabad, Dy CM Sisodia said, "In Delhi, 200 units of electricity costs Rs 200, at Re 1/unit. In UP, up to 150 units the rate is Rs 4.90 and from 150-300 units the rate is as high as Rs 5.40/unit. In Delhi for 400 units, the rate is Rs 2.50/unit, and in Noida, UP it is Rs 6.20/unit. The BJP government in UP now wants to hike this by 25%."

Crediting the people of Delhi for having the lowest power tariffs in the country, Dy CM Sisodia said, "Today, Delhi has 24x7 power supply. We all know how bad the regularity of supply is even in other NCR cities like Noida, Ghaziabad, let alone the rest of the state. This has only been possible because Delhi has an honest government. I want to congratulate the people of Delhi who have elected a government that not only provides 24x7 power but also supplies the cheapest power in the country."

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