imminent suspension of their licences by the regulator under a state government directive, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel) on Wednesday had asked the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to desist from passing any final orders on the matter without its leave during the pendency of a related case before it.
The Aptel order has posed a hurdle for the Arvind Kejriwal-led government which had on Monday sent a missive to the regulator asking it to be battle-ready for a possible suspension of the licences of the two discoms — BSES Yamuna Power and BSES Rajdhani Power — in case they, claiming financial difficulties, resort to long outages in large parts of the city.
BSES Rajdhani distributes power to over 18.5 lakh customers in south and west Delhi, including Alaknanda, Vasant Kunj, Saket, Nehru Place, Nizamuddin, Sarita Vihar, Hauz Khas, R K Puram, Janakpuri, Punjabi Bagh, Tagore Garden, Vikas Puri, Palam and Dwarka, according to its website.
BSES Yamuna has 13.5 lakh customers in central and east Delhi, including Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj, Paharganj, Shankar Road, Patel Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Mayur Vihar and Yamuna Vihar. (With PTI inputs)