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‘Electricity rates cheapest in Delhi’

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said that the electricity tariff rates are the cheapest in Delhi, in comparison to national capital region (NCR) towns, other metro cities and other states that are being ruled by other parties in the.

‘The Delhi government has always been sensitive to issues related to the poor and middle-class families,’ Dikshit added.

 ‘After the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced a hike in power tariff rates recently, the government immediately decided to grant adequate subsidy in electricity. Our government has neutralised and nullified the hike for the poor and middle class families by granting enhanced subsidy and introducing the fresh subsidy,’ Dikshit said.

The DERC had only days earlier announced an increase in power rates, against which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a protest before the chief minister's official residence and at the local levels across the city.

The power rate in Delhi is Rs.2.70 per unit while it is Rs.4.75 in Ghaziabad and Noida, Rs.4.90 in Gurgaon, Rs.4.70 in Mumbai and Rs.6.40 in Kolkata.

As per the subsidy, consumers in the bracket of 0-200 units would continue to pay Rs 2.70 per unit, whereas those consuming 201-400 units would pay 80 paise less than the new rate.

Expressing dismay at the opposition claims, Dikshit said, ‘The principal opposition party, BJP, is misleading people by promising 30 per cent reduction in the rates. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party has been telling consumers to join connections  that have been snapped for non-payment of bills and also to not pay inflated power bills.’

Dikshit was addressing people after inaugurating a transit camp that will serve the needs of pilgrims, Kanwadias, who undertake pilgrimage on foot to Haridwar from where they return with water from the Ganga.

The camp has been organised by Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad, MLA of Seelampur and Delhi Wakf Board chairman. Dikshit appreciated the efforts of Ahmad in organising such a unique camp for the past 12 years.
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