Krishna Saini is new DERC chief

The power regulator was without a chief for over a month, due to which the key process of new tariff determination in the capital has been affected.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 5, 2016 2:29 am

Former chief income tax commissioner Krishna Saini Friday was appointed the new chairman of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).

Saini will succeed P D Sudhakar, who retired on January 29. The power regulator was without a chief for over a month, due to which the key process of new tariff determination in the capital has been affected. Power Minister Satyendar Jain administered the oath of office to Saini, who was selected on the basis of the recommendation by a three-member selection committee.

Saini, a 1981-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, will be the fourth chairman of the commission. Apart from the tariff, a key proposal that is likely to be discussed by Saini is the inclusion of fuel surcharge, which the Delhi government has been opposing to keep the tariffs low.

The appointment of the chairman in January this year had come under the scanner after a PIL was filed in the Delhi High Court, challenging the notification issued by the government in November last year, seeking applications for the post. The PIL said the chairperson of the commission should be a former high court judge, since the adjudication of disputes between generating companies or transmission licencees is a “judicial function”.

Summer plan

* With expected peak demand likely to touch 6,100 MW in the capital, the discoms has begun drawing up elaborate summer action plans.
* BSES have infused Rs 350 crore to enhance infrastructure. The discom has added network capacity by over 450 MVA.

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