Power tariff in Delhi: Power tariff in Delhi was not hiked for third year in a row. The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) yesterday announced no major changes in its tariff schedule for 2017-18. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party (AAP) had made this a major poll issue. Yesterday the party had congratulated themselves even as discoms were unhappy and Opposition criticised the government, according to Indian Express report. Notably, DERC has hiked the fixed charges for consumers with 3-5 KW connections in the range of Rs 5-Rs 75.
The new tariff schedule will come into effect from September 1, DERC member B P Singh told media. “The new tariff schedule has been prepared considering affordability and paying capacity of consumers,” he said.
The commission also has accepted the Delhi government’s recommendation for funding an amount of Rs 694 crore for the Pension Trust, to be met by a surcharge of 3.7 per cent payable by the consumers. This will be besides the additional surcharge paid by consumers at 8 per cent rate.
In a move aimed at benefiting consumers running small-scale commercial establishments, the power regulator has decided to deem all such consumers having 5 KW load connection as domestic consumers. Earlier, this clause was only applicable to those in slum areas, but now it will be applicable across the city, Singh said. Apart from this Gaushalas and paying guest accommodations registered under any scheme of the Delhi government will also be covered under the domestic category, Singh said.
The last tariff revision of five per cent had taken place in July 2014. Power experts said Delhi’s total revenue gap (regulatory assets) — owed to the three discoms, including BSES companies BRPL and BYPL and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) — is over Rs 34,000 crore till 2015-2016. “The expected revenue gap on a standalone basis for 2017-18 of the BSES discoms is around Rs 1,600 crore,” they were quoted as saying by IE.