The 'holiday' period of residents of New Delhi area, who were paying lower electricity bills than the rest of the city, is over. They will have to pay 2% surcharge on their electricity bills from March 1.
Sources said the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has told the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) that a 2% surcharge on the total consumption of a user may be levied from the bill cycle starting March 1 this year. The letter carrying this notification is expected to reach the NDMC by Thursday.
Despite the increase, power tariffs in NDMC areas will still be lower than the rest of the city - the rest of the city already pays 8% surcharge.
Areas like Sarojini Nagar, Malcha Marg, Lutyen's Bunglow Zone, Lodi Road, Chanakyapuri, Khan Market, Kaka Nagar, Sujan Singh Park, Sunder Nagar, Golf Links, Jor Bagh, among other places, will be charged on energy consumed from March 1 to May 31.
The DERC decided to introduce the charge after the NDMC pleaded with them to include an extra component to the bill.
It told the municipal council that the surcharge will be levied tri-monthly and reviewed during that period.
In case adjustment to the surcharge is required, the DERC would assess it and make necessary changes.
"Earlier, we used to impose a fuel price adjustment but it was removed during the last tariff restructuring. Recently, we asked the DERC to allow us to impose 2.8% fuel price adjustment. In their reply, however, we have been asked to impose 2% surcharge from the billing period starting March 1," said a senior NDMC official.
NDMC's major sources of supply are from mainly three generating sources BTPS (Badarpur), Pragati-I and Dadri-I, whose cost of energy, claim officials, ranges between Rs. 2.32 and Rs. 3.40. NDMC's electricity tariffs increased by 11% last year now cost the user between Rs. 2 and Rs. 4.35 per unit.