There's no escaping the price monster.
Starting February 1, you'll have to pay more for power for the next three months as the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved provisional 3% and 1.5% power purchase cost adjustment charges (PPA) for BSES and TPDDL areas, respectively, for this period.
So, if you live in south and east Delhi (BSES areas) and consume 400 units a month, your bill will rise from Rs. 1,840 to Rs. 1,895.20. In west or north Delhi (TPDDL areas), it will go up to Rs. 1,867.60.
Not a big hike. But with new tariffs for 2013 to be out in the next few months, there will be no relief.
The distribution companies - Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd - had earlier this month submitted account statements on power purchased in October-December and sought 2.80%, 7.44% and 9.1% increase in electricity charges, respectively, as PPA, officials said.
"They've become dictators and have been increasing power bills every few months. The government doesn't care about the people. They plan to increase tariffs this year too," said BS Vohra of the east Delhi RWA joint front.