The Delhi Cabinet on Monday summoned BSES top boss Anil Ambani and Adi Engineer of the NDPL to explain why the power situation was so bad in the capital. They would also explain why the complaints pertaining to billing have not come down, more than four years after power privatisation in the capital.
Emerging from a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said: "We have asked the key persons of both BSES and NDPL to explain the entire power scenario in the city." Dikshit complained that the availability of power was good but the delivery system was not satisfactory.
The decision to summon Ambani and Engineer was taken after a stormy Cabinet meeting. Almost all the ministers complained to Dikshit that the power situation was bad and there were numerous complaints of over billing. "In some cases, they send a year's bill at a time and when the consumer is not able to pay the huge amount, power supply is disconnected," said a minister on condition of anonymity.
The ministers wanted "tough action" against the discoms for their alleged failure. One of them said: "The discoms should be asked to shape up or shape out". Another minister said that most of the complaints he receives pertain to power.
The power situation in the city was not in the scheduled agenda of the Cabinet meeting. However, when the ministers insisted, Dikshit had to give in and summon the top bosses of the discoms.
Asked about the date when the Cabinet would seek an explanation from both BSES and NDPL, Dikshit said the chief secretary and Principal Secretary (Power) would write to them and fix the date. Queried about the suicide of a person in Karol Nagar due to disconnection of power supply and whether the decision was related to it, the CM said, "several factors forced the government to seek an explanation".