Residents of Delhi will be compensated for unscheduled power cuts lasting longer than one hour if a policy approved by the Delhi government on Tuesday gets a green signal from Lt Governor Anil Baijal.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved the policy on Tuesday to provide compensation to users in case of “unscheduled power cuts by the private power distribution companies”. It was later sent to the Lt. Governor for approval.
The policy will now need Baijal’s approval to come into force.
“According to this new policy, in the case of an unscheduled power cut, the DISCOMS (power distribution companies) will have to restore the electricity within one hour, and failure to do so shall result in a penalty of Rs 50 per hour per consumer for the first two hours and Rs 100 per hour per consumer after two hours,” an official statement said.
The compensation would be provided to consumers in their monthly electricity bills.
“The Delhi government is confident that the LG will concur with the policy and endorse this pro-consumer step, which will become a model for other governments across the country to follow,” the statement added.
Last year also, L-G Anil Baijal agreed to Kejriwal government’s proposal that power companies should pay compensation to the consumers for unscheduled power cuts.
“LG agreed DISCOMS (power distribution companies) should pay compensation for unscheduled power cuts to make them accountable. Fairplay and equity to consumers to be ensured, Kejriwal had said in June 2017.
Delhi witnessed a record demand of over 6,500 MW supply last year.
(With agency inputs)