Thousands of Delhi residents collected at the Talkatora Stadium on Sunday seeking a roll back in the power tariff. In the past seven months we have tried all possible options,now well take it to the next level, said Rajeev Kakaria,member of member GK-I Residents Welfare Association (RWA).
The RWAs of various areas have drafted a charter of 10 demands to put forth to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). The first major demand is that of a CAG audit of power distribution companies (discoms) accounts. DERC has admitted in court that they have no way of auditing the voluminous accounts of discoms,claiming only CAG can do that. But,CAG has not received a single paper from DERC till now, said Kakaria.
President of Vasant Kunj RWA Anil Sood said,The tariff setting process is opaque. The basis of the tariff hike is wholesale price index. This is not specified in the Central Electricity Act 2003.
According to Sood,DERC does not know the per megawatt distribution cost.
The RWAs are now planning a meeting at Ramlila Maidan to decide the next step towards a roll back of power tariff.
RWAs have also demanded the abolition of the fixed charge on the basis of sanctioned load. They also called for ending the monopoly of discoms,saying many players in the market will keep them competitive,honest and transparent.
Many RWAs have put forth a demand for one city,one tariff. NDMC supplies power at an average Rs 1.8 per unit,while discoms supply at more than double the cost in MCD areas, said Kakaria.
Ranju Minhas,of Shield Citizens Initiative,said same power tariff across the city will provide a check on the misuse of electricity in government offices. RWAs have been demanding this for more than two years now.