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No electricity tariff hike for Delhiites till July

PTI  New Delhi, May 02, 2014
First Published: 20:43 IST(2/5/2014) | Last Updated: 20:45 IST(2/5/2014)

With the power regulatory body refusing to increase the power-purchase cost adjustment charges as demanded by the discoms, Delhiites can breathe a sigh of relief till July.

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The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has directed the discoms to continue with the existing rates that is between 6 to 8%.

DERC will also take a final call about the annual tariff revision in July.

"We have allowed 6% of power-purchase cost adjustment surcharge to the discom BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), 7% to Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) and 8% to the BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) which are the existing rates.

"This was the same for the last quarter too," said PD Sudhakar, chairman of DERC.

Recently, discoms had asked for a 14 and 15% increase in the surcharge.

This comes as a relief to the power consumers of the national capital who are experiencing a tough time with increased electricity bills after the subsidy offered by the previous AAP government to all those consuming up to 400 units got over.

Till July, Sudhakar said that there will be no increase in the power tariffs.

"We also have to keep in mind the consumer's interest. If there is any balance amount it can be considered during the annual exercise," Sudhakar said.


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