Power distribution company Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) on Thursday restored electricity supply to street lights in north and north-west Delhi after the state government intervened.
Tata Power spokesperson Ajey Maharaj said, “The decision was taken after the Delhi government’s intervened. We received a letter of request from the municipal corporation to restore power supply. Taking into account the issue of public safety, power was restored to the streetlights. The Delhi government has assured the power discom that it would take up the matter with the corporation and get the dues cleared”.The civic body has planned to drag the power distribution company to court over the issue.
Leader of the house in North Corporation, Mahender Nagpal said that the corporation is mulling over moving court.
He said that while discoms give relaxation on power rates to public utilities such as the Delhi Metro, they charge commercial tariff for streetlights at a high cost of Rs 7.25 per unit.
“Commercial rates are imposed when there is profit to be made from the usage of electricity. Lights in streets and parks are for public good and the municipality does not earn anything in return,” he added.
The corporation issued a release that said, “The matter relating to the revision of electricity tariff for street lights by the TPDDL is under active consideration of the North Municipal Corporation. However, the decision of the TPDDL to abruptly disconnect street lights due to non-revision of tariff needs serious reconsideration as it impacts the security and safety of citizens. “
Several streets of north and north-west Delhi plunged into darkness on Tuesday when the discom disconnected power supply. The power was disconnected after proper procedure.