DERC lauds suggestions, but treads carefully
Delhi’s power regulator is impressed with suggestions received from various residents and other stakeholders regarding improvement of service.delhi Updated: Jul 06, 2011 23:33 IST
Delhi’s power regulator is impressed with suggestions received from various residents and other stakeholders regarding improvement of service.
At the same time, it has asked power discoms to file replies to the points raised by residents regarding “discrepancies” in audited accounts and petitions.
“We have to be absolutely certain about all the doubts and questions raised by the stakeholders,” Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) Chairman PD Sudhakar told HT. “It will take about a month to complete the whole process.”
The various suggestions, if implemented, will change the way power is distributed, consumed and billed in the Capital.
For instance, Delhi Airport’s operational cost might see a huge drop, as it has demanded very low power tariff that is applicable to core-infrastructure projects.
Currently, it pays as per power tariff applicable to commercial establishments — which is higher.
At the public hearing on Wednesday, it presented documents showing that only 4% of its total power consumed is used for commercial purposes at the airport. “The remaining (power) is used for air-side operations, which is the core area of the airport,” submitted an official from the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). The airport buys power from BSES Rajdhani.
Secondly, government-aided schools might end up getting power at cheaper rates, like government schools.
The DERC received a demand from government-aided schools to be treated at par with government schools, as officials from two such schools submitted that they were engaged in public service not tantamount to commercial activity. There are roughly 450 government-aided schools in the Capital.
Power supplied to bulk consumers may also see a huge change.
There is a suggestion that if industry bodies or industrial areas supplied power at one bulk connection point and billed for that, then the distribution and management of connections to individual units can be managed by themselves. This would put the onus on loss management and billing on the industry bodies.
“We have found merit in several suggestions and we have to deliberate upon them to work them out. We are happy that such a huge number of comments and objections have come in. It shows that people have taken genuine interest in this process,” Sudhakar said.