Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal once again took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to intervene and allow the cancellation of agreements with power companies, while claiming that they were selling electricity at higher rates.
“I appeal to the Prime Minister to intervene as it (the Centre) has powers to cancel the agreements,” Kejriwal said, while adding that many power companies are ready to provide electricity at Rs 2.5 or Rs 3 per unit.
“Delhi generates very little electricity. It has to buy electricity from outside. We know that there are a number of companies willing to give us electricity at the rate of Rs 2.5 or Rs 3. Why are we purchasing fifty per cent of the power at Rs 5.5 per unit when many other companies are promising to give it at cheaper rates,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal alleged that “the previous government had signed an agreement to buy electricity at the rate of Rs 5.5 for the next 30 years” and urged the Central government to use their “power to cancel these agreements”.
Kejriwal underscored that his government had no enmity with discoms and wanted to ensure 24-hour supply of power at cheaper rates.
“Under the previous government, there were scams, bribery and corruption in power supply and the burden was shifted on consumers by raising electricity rate,” he alleged.
While claiming that there were no malpractices now, Kejriwal asked power discoms to rectify any existing anomalies and said the government was willing to work with them.
“If anomalies are found in the system, stern action will be taken (against power companies),” Kejriwal said, while asking the discoms to work ‘honestly’.