Taking on Delhi government for hiking power tariff, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Thursday said it would only compound problems of the common man as civic agencies too would try to pass on their burden to him by hiking charges on their services.
MCD Leader of House Subhash Arya said the decision of giving subsidy to those consuming less than 200 units will also not help the common man as it puts a burden of Rs 180 crore on Delhi government which will try to pass on this to people.
"The MCD is paying Rs 250 crore annually to discoms --Rs 200 crore for street lights and Rs 50 crore for its offices. Because of this hike, MCD will now have to bear an extra burden of Rs 55 crore.
"In other government institutions like DJB and DMRC, the consumption is very high and due to this hike, now they will extend their financial burden to the citizens only.
"It will be wrong to say that it is only hike in power tariff as it will actually effect the whole economy, society, and service providing institutions," he said.
He also said the subsidy to those consume less power will only benefit very few domestic consumers and the city government will have to bear a burden of Rs 180 crore.
"The government will charge this amount from citizens only through taxes or it will have a bad effect on development works. Delhiites will have to pay 22 per cent more for power bills and also for other essential commodities like petrol, diesel, LPG etc. leading to further inflation," he said.
Alleging that the decision of giving subsidy of Rs one per unit is a "gimmick" to tone down the effect of big hike, he said the subsidy ended this year on March 31 but the city government did not continue it further.
"This scheme will not give any relief. After the gap of five months, restoring the subsidy of one rupee has no meaning that too after big jump in tariff," he said.