STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 11 July
The Delhi BJP has sought Union Power Ministry’s intervention in ordering a CAG audit of finances of private power distribution companies in the city while accusing them of fleecing consumers by charging high tariff.
"Power tariff in the city has gone up by a whopping 60 per cent in the last three years and centre must order a scrutiny of finances of the discoms by CAG as there is serious question mark about their claim of making huge losses" said opposition leader Mr Vijay Goel to Mr Scindia.
He also stated that both the Delhi government and Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had favoured CAG audit of discoms’ account but nothing moved in this regard. The BJP leader also alleged that both Delhi Government and DERC were not acting in accordance with provisions of the Central Electricity Act, 2003 and favouring private companies.
He said as per laid down norms, all the three power distribution companies had rights for distribution of power in entire Delhi so that there may be competition and power may be supplied at competitive rates. But, currently all the three companies are operating in separate areas.
“Despite provision of encouraging competition, ensuring transparency and protection of consumer interest in the Act, on ground nothing is happening and a monopolistic situation has been created,” he said. The power tariff in the city was hiked by 22 per cent in 2011, followed by five per cent hike in February last year. The tariff was hiked by up to two per cent in May last year and again by 26 per cent for domestic consumers in July last year. The tariff was hiked by up to three per cent in March.
Meanwhile, the DERC is currently in the process of finalising the tariff for 2013-14. There has been indication that the power tariff may go up further. Goel said the Union Minister told him that distribution of electricity was a state subject and he cannot do anything but assured that Centre will try to do its best to protect interest of the consumers by examining possible amendment in the Central Electricity Act, 2003.