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Allow us to cancel power deals: Kejriwal

Kejriwal also declared that power companies would be fined if they cut electricity for more than one hour

 

Accusing private companies of supplying costly electricity, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to let the Delhi government scrap previous power agreements.

 
"If this permission is given, then the electricity tariff in Delhi will further come down," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said at the launch of a scheme to redress disputes over electricity bills.
 
Kejriwal also declared that power companies would be fined if they cut electricity for more than one hour.
 
A preliminary report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, which stated that the capital's three power discoms showed inflated loss, has given a shot in the arm for the AAP government which has accused these firms of fudging their account books.
 
He urged the prime minister to allow the Delhi government to buy cheaper power, saying this was available, the AAP tweeted.
 
He said power tariff was high in the national capital as Delhi was buying more than half its electricity needs at Rs.5.50 a unit.
 
"We have come to know that many power companies are ready to supply power at Rs.2.5 to Rs.3 a unit.
 
"When we can get electricity at this rate, why should we buy it for Rs.5 or Rs.5.50 a unit?
 
"When we examined the issue, we realized that the previous government had entered into an agreements valid for 30 years.
 
"The power companies now tell us that since these agreements are in place, you will have to buy power from us. The companies are pressurising us. Why should people suffer?"
 
The chief minister said: "We also appeal to the central government and Modi to allow us to cancel the costly agreements reached earlier with private companies."
 
The one-time power amnesty scheme, which was launched in east Delhi's Vinod Nagar, is for those who have complained of inflated bills, tampered billing meters and the ones who had unauthorised connections.
 
The one-month scheme will benefit about 2.5 lakh households, Kejriwal said. "I feel no scheme can be better than this. No matter how old the dispute is, those living in jhuggis (slum) can pay Rs.250 to settle it."
 
Besides, he urged the power discoms to ensure that their staff do not issue inflated bills to the people.

 

 

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Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

I recently read the various illegal means by which the power companies have been diddling the consumers. Those interested in details can check it out here <http://newsclick.in/india/cag-report-800...>
I was saddened to see the venerable name of Tata in the list of rogue companies. Tata is a business house, so we don't expect it to forego profits. But to rob the poor people thus is shameful.
It has taken time for Tatas to build up trust in their brand. They are likely to lose it in short order.

Kejriwal launches amnesty scheme for power consumers

Kejriwal said the scheme would benefit about 2.5 lakh people who mostly live in slums and unauthorised colonies -- the vote bank of the Aam Aadmi Party

 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a one-time amnesty scheme for lakhs of electricity consumers in the city who had not cleared their dues because of various reasons ranging from inflated bills to power theft.
 
Kejriwal said the scheme would benefit about 2.5 lakh people who mostly live in slums and unauthorised colonies -- the vote bank of the Aam Aadmi Party.
 
"I feel no scheme can be better than this. No matter how old the dispute is, those living in jhuggis (slums) can pay Rs.250 to settle it," Kejriwal said while launching the scheme in east Delhi's Vinod Nagar locality.
 
While slum dwellers will have to pay Rs.250 for each month they did not pay the bills, there will be no action against those who admit to tampering with their electricity meters.
 
The late-payment surcharge has also been waived.
 
He said Rs.250 was a negligible amount and the AAP government had already halved the power rates.
 
The chief minister urged power discoms to ensure that their staff do not issue inflated bills to the people.
 
"The power companies should ensure that there are no trumped-up cases of power theft," he added.
 
Kejriwal said more and more people should avail the benefit of the scheme and spread the word.
 
The AAP government has repeatedly accused Delhi's three power distribution companies of overcharging the consumers -- a charge these firms have vehemently denied.

 

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Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

This a worthwhile scheme that will bring in consumers into the legal sector.
AAP has also exposed the underhand way in which electric distributors have been over charging the consumers. That too needs to be cleaned up.
AAP has to make sure that its criteria are clear so that the same customers who have been given amnesty do not turn up a few years down the line in the non-paying category again. This will require strict enforcement of rules. Hard if the people are your vote bank. Let us see if AAP is able to walk the talk.

Airtel, Idea hike post-paid data tariff

Idea Cellular has done the same in Delhi, Punjab and UP West

 

Telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have hiked charges for post-paid customers by 20% in various circles, including the national capital.
 
As per information posted on the companies' websites, Airtel has raised data tariffs in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East and UP West circles.
 
Idea Cellular has done the same in Delhi, Punjab and UP West.
 
Post-paid customers of both operators in the designated circles will now have to pay Rs.300 for 1GB 3G data usage, as against Rs.250 earlier.
 
Vodafone, however, has not raised data charges in the post-paid category and continues to offer 1GB 3G data for Rs.250.
 
Airtel, Idea and Vodafone had raised pre-paid data tariffs for 2G and 3G services in Delhi by up to 47% in June following the spectrum auctions in March, when operators acquired airwaves worth Rs.101,000 crore.
 

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