The power distribution companies will now have to pay rentals for the transformers they have installed in municipal parks falling under the jurisdiction of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).
In a standing committee meeting on Thursday, EDMC commissioner S S Yadav said that the corporation will soon start charging rentals from the discoms in order to generate more revenue.
The corporation members have also alleged that the discoms, mainly BSES have encroached upon portions of nearly 70 parks by installing transformers without taking permission from the civic body.
According to the standing committee chairman of EDMC, Mahek Singh, power distribution companies should get their transformers legalised and pay the corporation for the transformers they have installed as they are using it for commercial purpose.
"In some parks, the Delhi Jal Board has also installed transformers and even they need to pay for its use. Since the two organisations are increasing their tariff regularly, they should be able to pay us," said Singh.
Out of 15,000 parks of unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi,a round 1,985 parks fall under the jurisdiction of the EDMC. A BSES spokesperson said that the 70 'illegal' transformers were already in existence when power was privatised in 2002.
"For all new connections, permission is being taken from the land owning agency," he said.