For ages now, the residents of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area have been paying lesser for electricity as compared to the rest of the city.
But with the revised power tariff coming into effect from September, this is soon going to change.
All of Delhi will now pay the same amount and residents of NDMC areas are, predictably, not pleased.
“We pay three times the house tax as people living in other posh colonies in the city. Lower power tariff was the only respite we got. If this also increases, living here is going to become very difficult,” said Pravin Gupta, a resident of Bengali Market, whose monthly electricity bill is around R6,000 per month.
Though citizens of the area agree that they don’t suffer from erratic power supply or frequent faults, this sudden steep hike is not justified, they say.
“The price of all commodities has increased by a large percentage in the last two years. The effect of this increase in electricity will not be isolated. It will hike the rate of everything else,” said Vijay Kumar, who owns photo studio in Bengali Market and also lives in the area. His monthly residential electricity bill is R8000 and he pays R20,000 per month for his studio.
The Bengali Market Resident Welfare Association is also planning to protest if this hike comes through.
“We met the NDMC chairperson on Thursday but they said the hike was not finalised. But if it comes through, we will demand a roll back. Why weren’t the RWAs consulted before taking this decision?” said YK Anand, president of the Resident Welfare Association (RWA).
Come 2011, buy power from a discom of your choice
New Delhi: By next year, Delhiites will be able to choose who they buy power from.
A south Delhi consumer, for instance, will not have to stick to BSES Rajdhani and can ask the Tata-owned North Delhi Power Limited or the other Reliance discom- BSES Yamuna or even the New Delhi Municipal Council to supply power to him.
The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) on Friday said that Open Access will be a reality for all consumers and the minimum load of 1 MW needed to avail of Open Access currently, will be lowered.
This means, while tariff will continue to be decided by the DERC, who can supply where will be determined by the discretion of the consumer.
This power watchdog expects that this will trigger a competition among discoms in outperforming each other in terms of quality of service and customer satisfaction. “The number of distributors, will remain the same though,” said JP Singh, DERC member.
But Open Access has issues, which have kept the DERC entangled all these years. Discoms have been opposing Open Access because it gives their competitors a chance to snatch meaty consumers such as malls, corporate houses and others.
Discoms claim that the income from the commercial bulk buyers of electricity indirectly subsidises the lack of income from supplying to domestic consumers. “If someone takes away Delhi Airport (a major customer of BSES Rajdhani) from me, then the Open Access policy must give me some form of compensation,” said a senior official of the discom. “I also pay fixed charges to NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation), which makes my cost of power higher. Open Access must give me relief from such commitments as well.”
“We will consider all issues and bring out the Open Access policy and see that it benefits consumers and makes room for competition for discoms,” Singh said.