BJP demands roll-back of power tariff hike
Criticising the Delhi government for its failure to check the power tariff hike, the BJP Saturday protested in the national capital and demanded an immediate roll-back.
Staging a protest at Bhajanpura, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has failed to check power tariff hikes and that the party would hold protest marches all over the city.
"Kejriwal-led AAP had promised that after forming the government, they will reduce power price. Instead power tariff has increased by six to eight percent," said Goel.
"We demand immediate roll back of the hike in recent power tariff and uninterrupted power supply across the city," he added.
BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) increased its tariff by eight percent, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) by six percent and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) by seven percent after the go ahead from the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The National Thermal Power Corporation has threatened to stop power supply to BSES Yamuna if the Reliance Infra-backed company does not pay its dues. The company said this would lead to 10-hour daily power cuts.
BYPL told the Delhi government that it was unable to clear the dues of power generation companies due to a precarious cash flow situation.
Goel said the government must resolve the issue with the power discoms in such a way that auditing must go on and people must not suffer from power related problems.
Condemning the six-eight percent power tariff hike, Kejriwal Friday said the power companies should have waited for the audit reports of the firms.
(Posted on 01-02-2014)