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Govt appoints committee for improving power sector

Under mounting attack for hike in electricity tariff and long outages, Delhi government on Friday appointed a three-member committee to review the status of reforms in the power sector and suggest measures to improve its performance.

The committee which has been appointed as per instruction of chief minister Sheila
Dikshit will be headed by Ajay Shankar, former Secretary in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in ministry of commerce and industry.

The other members of the committee are former chief secretary of Delhi PK Tripathi and DK Mittal, former secretary, department of financial services in finance ministry.

‘The committee will examine various aspects relating to power sector in Delhi and will suggest measures to take it forward. The terms and references of the committee are wide and elaborate which will enable it to provide a comprehensive framework to enhance customer satisfaction,’ officials said.

The committee has been asked to submit its report within four months.
Officials said the government was not happy with functioning of power distribution companies as areas across the city have been facing long outages due to problem in their distribution network.

‘Delhi has surplus power but still certain areas have been facing power cuts due to local faults. The committee will look into the issue as well,’ they said.
The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission last week had hiked the tariff for domestic consumers by five per cent, heeding to the demands of the distribution companies.

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