The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) said on Thursday that there would be no change in power tariffs for consumers in the national capital. However, a few minor changes have been made in the fixed charges levied on users. Delhi’s power tariffs were last raised in July 2014, when an average hike of 5% was approved by the regulator. Fixed charges for financially backward consumers, with a connection load of 1 KW, has been cut to half to Rs 20 per connection. Consumers with connection loads of 3 KW, 4 KW and 5 KW, who used pay a uniform fixed charge of Rs 100, would now pay Rs 105, Rs 140 and Rs 175 respectively, the DERC order said.
Electricity in Delhi is supplied by TPDDL and BSES, the power distribution units of Tata Power and Reliance Infrastructure, respectively. BSES has two units, BYPL and BRPL. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation is also a deemed licensee for distribution of electricity in areas under its jurisdiction. A separate tariff category with a flat rate of Rs 5.50 per unit has been created for e-rickshaw and electric vehicle charging stations.
A surcharge of 3.70% would be levied on BYPL, BRPL and TPDDL consumers to partly fund Rs 694 crore towards the government employee pension trust, as recommended by the Delhi government. This money will not be added to the discoms’ revenue.