Power bills to go up in Lutyens’ Delhi
Residents of Lutyens’ Delhi, who have been enjoying lower electricity tariff compared to the rest of the city, may soon have to pay more.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has sought a 20% hike in power tariff across consumer categories to meet their projected revenue gap.
The civic agency has submitted its aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Authority, (DERC) which will now scrutinise the documents.
According to sources, despite this increase, power tariff in NDMC areas will remain slightly lower than the rest of the city. Areas such as Sarojini Nagar, Malcha Marg, Lutyen’s Bunglow Zone, Lodhi Road, Chanakyapuri, Khan Market, Kaka Nagar, Sujan Singh Park, Sunder Nagar, Golf Links, Jor Bagh, among other places, fall under the jurisdiction of the civic agency and will be affected by the new tariff.
“NDMC has submitted that there is a net gap of Rs. 180.60 and it has proposed a 20% hike in tariff across consumer categories to meet the projected revenue gap,” said PD Sudhakar, DERC chairman.
NDMC’s major sources of supply are from mainly three generating sources BTPS (Badarpur), Pragati-I and Dadri-I, whose cost of energy, claim officials. The civic agency’s electricity tariffs had increased by 11 per cent last year.
Submitting the ARR report is an annual feature for all the power distribution companies and the civic agency, who are required to provide details of the profits/losses that they have incurred and the assets that they need to build on.
Based on this report, DERC will then decide on the quantum of hike that the civic agency requires.
Presently, for power consumption upto 200 units NDMC charges R3.10, for 201-400 it is R 4.10 and R5.15 is for consumption above 400 units.