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Govt justifies power hike, says tariff less than other cities

The Delhi government on Tuesday justified the recent hike in power tariff, claiming that the electricity charges in the city was still comparatively less than the rest of the country.

delhi Updated: Jul 10, 2012 23:24 IST
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The Delhi government on Tuesday justified the recent hike in power tariff, claiming that the electricity charges in the city was still comparatively less than the rest of the country.

Power minister Haroon Yusuf said that the sector should be looked at 'realistically' as the cost of raw materials has increased. Even as the city has been reeling under power cuts, Haroon Yusuf said there are no frequent outages in the capital.

"Satellite cities such as Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad go without power for 12-13 hours. Compared to these nearby cities, Delhi is still better," said Yusuf.

Addressing the 10th Foundation Day of Delhi Power Company limited and Delhi Transco Limited, the power minister congratulated power distribution companies for meeting the power demand that rose to an all-time high of 5,600 MW this summer.

"Power sector has improved a lot in the past 10 years. Not raising power tariff is a populist measure but it has to be done. Still, the power tariff in Delhi is much lesser than what people pay in Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkatta The tariff here is very less and there is 24-hour power supply here," said Yusuf.

"Sometimes, one has to pay Rs. 6 to Rs. 8 for a unit of power because electricity supply is available for 24 hours ,”he added.

Justifying the tariff hike, the minister said that the power sector has to be looked at realistically and only then the situation in this sector will improve. "The cost of raw materials and coal has increased," Yusuf added.

Power tariff was increased by 26 per cent in the city on June 26.