Delegation led by Goel meets union power minister
Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said the state's power tariff has gone up by 60% in the past three years but the Centre was not ready to interfere saying distribution of power was a state subject. HT reports.india Updated: Jul 12, 2013 00:07 IST
Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said the state's power tariff has gone up by 60% in the past three years but the Centre was not ready to interfere saying distribution of power was a state subject.
A delegation led by Goel met union power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday in connection with the "ever increasing power tariff in Delhi".
"Power tariff in Delhi has gone up by almost 60% in the last three years and is further likely to go up in the near future. But the minister expressed his helplessness saying it was a state subject," Goel said.
He said despite the provision of encouraging competition, ensuring transparency and protection of consumer interest in the Act, on the ground a monopolistic situation has been created. He said both the Delhi government and Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission are not acting in accordance with the provisions of the Central Electricity Act, 2003.
"The consumer should be in a position to buy power from any discom of its choice," Goel said.
"Even the consumer has no effective grievance redressal mechanism because the jurisdiction of consumer forums has been ousted. The minister has asked us to put all these issues on paper and submit to him as he was contemplating changes in the Central Electricity Act, 2003," Goel said.