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Sheila moves to lessen power tarrif burden

Ahead of the assembly polls in the national capital, chief minister Sheila Dikshit is trying to ensure that prise rise doesn’t affect Delhiites too badly.
In a bid to control the rising power tariffs, Dikshit met union minister of state for power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday. It is understood that the chief minister demanded cheaper power for the national capital. The issue of dues on power distribution companies was also discussed it is reported.

‘The National Thermal Power Corporation owes around Rs 700 crore to the reliance owned discoms BRPL and BYPL. The chief minister has demanded a plan which should lessen the burden of high power tarrifs on the residents of Delhi,’ a source said.

Meanwhile, sources said that the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) is likely to announce the revised rates of power tariffs by the end of this month. ‘The revised rates are expected to be made appicable from 1 August,’ he added.

Though the Delhi power ministry has prepared a back up plan to enhance the subsidy of Rs 1 up to the slab of 400 units but the discoms have sought a hefty hike in the power tariff citing losses.
‘All of three discoms — BYPL, BRPL and TPDDL — have sought a substantial hike in the power tariffs citing the higher coal prices and losses in their accounts. BRPL has demanded a hike of 13 per cent, BYPL has emanded a hike of six per cent, while TPDDL has demanded a hike of nine per cent,’ he added.

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