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‘Power scene in Delhi better after privatisation’

Harish V Nair , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 10, 2013
First Published: 22:41 IST(10/4/2013) | Last Updated: 23:52 IST(10/4/2013)

Seeking the dismissal of a PIL complaining of inflated electricity bills to consumers, the Delhi government and Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) on Wednesday told the Delhi high court that the power situation in the capital was much better after privatisation of distribution.

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“When the DVB existed prior to its unbundling, approximately 4.9% load shedding of electricity were faced by the consumers. Presently, the percentage of load shedding has come down to only 0.3% which indicates a clear improvement as compared to the era of DVB”, said an affidavit filed by the Delhi Government.

The DERC on its part said transmission loses had considerably reduced after privatisation.

When the distribution was handed over to the companies in 2002, the losses faced by BSES Yamuna was 57.2%,  BSES Rajdhani Power Limited 48.1% and North Delhi Power Limited 48.1%. The affidavit said it had come down to BYPL (21.95%), BRPL ( 18.82%) and NDPL (13.10%) in 2010-11.

The affidavits were however evasive on the issue of inflated power bills, fast running faulty meters and what steps they proposed to take to tackle the issue, the prime issue raised by a lawyer Sugriva Dubey in his PIL.

On the demand that power tariff should be determined through a bidding process amongst power companies offering to distribute electricity, the government said “as per section 63 of the Electricity Act, 2003 guidelines have to be issued by government of India”.

The government also steered clear of all blame in the matter of tariff fixing saying it was the job of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The PIL complained of inflated power bills and faulty electric meters that had triggered massive protests last summer.


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