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'Will ensure uninterrupted power supply'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 04, 2011
First Published: 23:46 IST(4/4/2011) | Last Updated: 23:47 IST(4/4/2011)

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) got a new chief on Monday with PD Sudhakar, former special secretary in Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs, taking over as its chairman.

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The post was lying vacant for the past six months following previous chairman Barjinder Singh's retirement in September.

After his swearing-in ceremony, Sudhakar said: "Ensuring uninterrupted power supply was his priority. "I'm new to this job. I am happy I was selected for this challenging assignment. I will strive to ensure more efficiency in the sector," he told reporters.

Sudhakar, a 1976-batch IAS officer, will have a tenure of five years as chairman. He was given oath of office by power minister Harun Yusuf.

Sudhakar comes to the hot seat at a time when the power sector in Delhi is going through a tumultuous phase with the DERC and the Delhi government embroiled in a public interest litigation over fixing of tariff.

As DERC chairman, Sudhakar's first task will be to finalise the process of fixing new power tariff for 2011-12.

The chiefs of three discoms were also present in the function.


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