Friday, April 10, 2015

·        15 AAP MLAs oppose discoms electricity tariff hike petitions
·        MLAs will be present at DERC public hearings on discoms petitions
·        MLAs demand that DERC should outrightly reject the discoms petitions & order reduction in electricity tariffs

Fifteen MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party have submitted written objections to the electricity tariff revision petitions for 2015-16 submitted by the private power distribution companies (discoms) to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The MLAs have strongly objected to any tariff hike as demanded by discoms and have provided written reasons on why the discoms petitions should not be entertained by the DERC at all.

Each of these MLAs have also given their names to the DERC for being given a chance for personal presence during the public hearings on the discoms petitions.

These MLAs have pointed out that keeping all the facts and circumstances in mind, the DERC should order the discoms to immediately reduce the electricity tariffs for domestic consumers to restore its credibility as an impartial regulator.

These MLAs have provided para-wise rebuttals to the points raised by discoms in their petitions seeking a hike in electricity tariffs in Delhi.
The objections include the following points :
·        Discoms are misleading the public citing regulations as the main reason for their default payments. Inefficiency of discoms cannot be allowed to burden the public.
·        On what basis are the discoms seeking a higher rate of interest on working capital.
·        Discrepancies in the power procurement prices cited by discoms.
·        Attempts to hide non-tariff income by the discoms
·        Examples of financial mismanagement by discoms
·        Unrealistic projections to garner tax payers money through short term power purchase arrangements to fool the people
·        Faulty methods used in reading the meters of consumers and wrong methodology applied under the garb of day and net metering.
The MLAs who have sent separate letters to the DERC are : Anil Bajpai (Gandhinagar), Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Pawan Kumar Sharma (Adarsh Nagar), Bhawna Gaur (Palam), Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri), SK Bagga (Krishnagar), Amanatullah Khan (Okhla), Fateh Singh (Gokalpur), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli) Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar), Avtar Singh Kalkaji (Kalkaji), SS Dalal (Mundka), Gulab Singh Matiala, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi (Model Town) and Ritu Raj (Kirari).       

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