‘No rollback of power tariff’

Residents across the city may have cried themselves hoarse on Friday, but Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that there would be no rollback of the power tariff hike announced on Tuesday. On Wednesday, though, Dikshit had hinted of ‘some relief to poor consumers from the steep 34 per cent hike in power tariff’.

A number of Congress MPs and MLAs also criticised the increase and sought steps to insulate the economically weaker section. Millennium Post carried a story of an RTI application filed with Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission [DERC] revealing that power distribution companies made profits of crores of rupees in 2010-2011.

Meanwhile, Delhi government intends to continue subsidy on limited consumption of power. According to the government, this would help in power conservation and overcoming wasteful power consumption.

At present, the proposed subsidy of Rs 1 per unit [KWH] are given to a consumer for his consumption up to 150 units per month in a non-peak month or 200 units per month in a peak month. A statement from CM office also said that the government has been able to meet around 5,400 MW power demand successfully, which reflects that there is not going to be any problem in power supply in future.

A decision on grant of subsidy would be taken in the next cabinet meeting, which is likely to be held on Monday.
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