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.
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.