Delhi residents oppose power tariff hike (Lead)

June 28th, 2011 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Resident welfare associations (RWA) in Delhi Tuesday pledged to oppose any hike in power tariff and demanded audits to weed out faulty meters.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) should not hike the power tariff at the behest of private distribution companies, a statement from the RWAs said.

The Delhi High Court May 23 gave the go-ahead to the DERC to fix the power tariff for 2010-11, lifting curbs imposed on the process by the Delhi government.

The RWAs also slammed what they said were faulty power meters.

“The electronic meters installed are faulty. They hinder proper delivery of power as well as end up generating inflated bills,” said Rajiv Kakria, chairman of the RWA of south Delhi’s Greater Kailash-1.

“This needs to be investigated by an independent technical institute of repute like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),” he added.

Anil Sood of NGO Chetan supported the RWAs and said that though power tariffs have not been raised in the past five years, residents were paying 25-40 percent more than necessary.

“Experts have informed us that this is due to faulty meters,” said Sood.

“Excess billing should be refunded to consumers and hefty penalty be imposed on the culprits. A similar audit of street lights should also be conducted,” said Anil Bajpai of the Gandhi Nagar RWA in east Delhi.

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