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Power deadlock: North Delhi remains dark

Discom refuses to restore power supply till dues paid,North corporation says won’t pay hiked rates.

Discom refuses to restore power supply till dues paid,North corporation says won’t pay hiked rates.

The streets of certain North Delhi areas will continue to remain dark,with the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (earlier NDPL) deciding to not restore the supply.

The power distribution company’s (discom) decision came after its meeting with North Municipal Corporation authorities over unpaid dues ended in a deadlock on Tuesday.

The discom claims that the civic agency owes it more than Rs 60 crore. It has also disconnected power supply to North corporation infrastructure,such as community halls.

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A spokesperson of Tata Power said: “Unless we are offered financial compensation,we have decided not to restore power to the civic infrastructure.”

On the other hand,North corporation Mayor Mira Aggarwal has asked the Legal department of the agency to prepare to move court to seek relief for residents,in case the deadlock continues.

Earlier,during the meeting,the discom was told that the corporation will not take any action on the claims of unpaid dues till it gets an approval from the Finance department and the House.

“We will approach Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to know why we should give commercial prices of electricity,when it is being used for public welfare. Also,we need to get their (Tata Power) demand on increased power rate cleared from the House. If the House rejects the demand,we will approach the DERC. Streetlights are essential for the public,” Aggarwal said.

The civic agency is also planning to put a power meter on each electricity pole in its area. The project is expected to start May 1.

“They provide power for streetlights for just 7 to 8 hours,but charge for 12 hours. We will raise this issue in the House. We will also monitor the electricity consumed by the civic services,” the Mayor said.

Aggarwal said Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) owes the corporation a lot more than it is demanding.

“There is approximately Rs 20 crore due on TPDDL as property tax. When we demanded it,they went to court. They have their transformers on our land and also their offices,but refused to pay us property tax. We have been paying our electricity dues regularly,but at earlier rates,” she said.

Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf,meanwhile,blamed North corporation for dark streets.

“It is the North corporation’s irresponsible attitude,which resulted in a two-hour disconnection — between 6 pm and 8 pm — of streetlights in few areas of Rohini,Keshavpuram,Civil Lines and Wazirpur on Monday. Adequate funds are available with the NDMC (North Delhi Municipal Corporation),which includes the revenue received as e-tax from the TPDDL. It may be recalled that TPDDL has paid Rs 14.96 crore as e-tax and no outstanding dues are pending by TPDDL to NDMC. The TPDDL has so far paid Rs 238.71 crore as e-tax to MCD/NDMC from September,2011 to February,2013,” Yusuf said.