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AAP keeps pledge; no power rate hike for 3rd year running

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AAP keeps pledge; no power rate hike for 3rd year running

For the third consecutive year, the electricity bills have not been hiked by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). The commission on Thursday announced no major changes in its tariff schedule for

2017-18, but hiked the fixed charges for consumers with 3-5 KW connections in the range of Rs 5-Rs 75.

“It is a great news for the people of Delhi that since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come to power, the electricity bills had reduced three folds and there has been no hike in the power tariff in these years,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said at a Press conference while hailing the DERC’s decision.

He said the major take away for the people is that the consumers in residential areas using up to five kilowatt would be deemed as domestic users thus benefitting small

shopkeepers, including beauty parlours. 

“For last three years, we didn’t allow increasing electricity rates. Now that the new tariff rates have been announced, we are happy to say that we have managed not hiking them,” the Minister added.

The commission has accepted the Delhi Government’s recommendation for funding an amount of Rs 694 crore for the Pension Trust, to be met by a surcharge of 3.7 per cent payable by the consumers, besides the additional surcharge paid by consumers at 8 per cent rate.

“As many people are going to be pensioned so we have adjusted and tried non- negotiable rates as surcharge. Almost 22,000 pensioners have been charged pension surplus which is negotiable amounting minimal. It means, for a 1,000 unit, the surplus charge would amount to Rs 200,” he explained. 

He said in spite of this “neither commercial, industrial nor agricultural tariff was hiked”.  

Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sisodia alleged that electricity rates have only been increased by more than half and in many cases doubled in States ruled by the BJP while rising rates has been a norm with Congress. 

Congratulating the people of Delhi , Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Dili kay logon ko badhai, ye sab isliye hopaya, kyunki aapne emaaddar sarkar chuni (Congratulations to the people of Delhi, this was possible because you elected an honest Government.)”

The new tariff schedule will come into effect from September 1, DERC member B P Singh said at a press conference here.

The DERC has also benefited low end domestic consumers with sanctioned load up to 1 KW, reducing their fixed charge from Rs 40 to Rs 20 per month. For those having 2 KW load connection, the fixed charge will remain Rs 40. The fixed charge for consumers having 3 KW load has been revised from Rs 100 to Rs 105. For 4 KW load, the fixed charge has been raised by Rs 40, while for 5 KW it has been hiked by Rs 75, it said.

The fixed charge hikes will result in 0.14-1.13 per cent increase in power bills of the low-end domestic consumers, i.e. nearly 15 per cent of all domestic consumers in the city will be affected.

The DERC has created a separate category for charging stations, especially for e-rickshaws and other e-vehicles, having a flat rate of Rs 5.50 per KWh. The limit for sanctioned load for agriculture category has been increased from 10 KW to 20 KW. The last tariff revision of 5 per cent was in July 2014.



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