Delhi BJP complaints of ‘big’ power bills in lockdown

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The Delhi BJP President on Monday alleged that the discoms in the town have despatched “huge” power bills to shoppers for the lockdown interval, and demanded the AAP government waive off mounted prices for business connections.

Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta mentioned that as an alternative of provisional bills, precise ones ought to be despatched to shoppers and the ability of fee in instalment be given.

The information on bills acquired from RWAs of Delhi and complaints acquired from different shoppers confirmed that power subsidy was not offered to them for the three months interval of lockdown, Gupta claimed at a press briefing.

A Delhi authorities official rubbished the declare, saying subsidy is being offered as per the foundations to all eligible shoppers.

“Delhi has the cheapest electricity rates for domestic consumers in the county. Those consuming up to 200 units get zero bills and those consuming between 201 and 400 units, get 800 shaved off,” he mentioned.

Gupta, nonetheless, charged that “big” power bills had been despatched to the shoppers.

“There are round two lakh small and large industries that had been closed through the lockdown interval, however big electrical energy bills are being charged from them with mounted cost and common invoice.

“Also there are greater than 7 lakh retailers and workplaces in Delhi that had been closed in lockdown however being made to pay big bills,” he claimed.

Discom officers mentioned that provisional bills had been despatched to shoppers throughout lockdown as per Delhi Electricity Regulatory Authority (DERC) course, since bodily metre-reading was postponed to guard the shoppers and the employees from the unfold of coronavirus.

“As per the DERC order, Delhi power companies are raising provisional bills in absence of actual meter-reading. These provisional bills are getting regularised as and when the actual meter-reading for the provisional period is available,” one of them mentioned.

The discoms have resumed meter-readings for industrial and business shoppers. In case of home connections, many shoppers are usually not permitting meter-readers to enter their societies, additionally many are in containment zones and solely such connections are being issued with provisional bills as per DERC pointers, they mentioned.

The shoppers can even do meter-reading of their power consumption themselves and get precise bills. They are additionally being given a monetary incentive for doing this until June 30, they added.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.

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