Residents across the city have welcomed Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (DERC) initiative regarding inflated bills.
The Commission on Friday told power distributor BSES that consumers who had complained of inflated bills for the months of June, July and August should be provisionally charged for 30 per cent more than their consumption during these months in 2008.
For example, if a consumer had received a bill for 100 units for the three months in 2008, and in 2009 her consumption for the same months came to 250 units, she would be required to pay for only 130 units.
“We welcome the move of the Commission as we had been fighting for this for quite some time,” said Pankaj Aggarwal, general secretary of RWAs’ Joint Front, who was one of those who protested vociferously against inflated bills.
“However, why should they make the consumers write individual complaints to discoms for adjusting the bills? The discom has data regarding all its consumers for both the years, so it should adjust the amount itself.”
Discom BSES has said that it will comply with the Commission’s order.
“Such a decision should have been taken much earlier. While the Commission is looking into the matter it should also look into the problem of fast running meters from a new perspective,” said Rajiv Kakaria, a member of RWA, Greater Kailash I.
“We have found out that the delivery meters used by discoms are not designed for the delivery system adopted by them. I have also written a letter to DERC regarding this.”
A number of residents have also expressed their desire that North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL), which distributes electricity to North and North West parts of Delhi, should replace BSES.
“We are tired of complaining regarding poor service and are happy that finally the discom will be taken to task,” said Simran Taneja, a resident of Munirka.