To mount pressure on the Delhi Government to prevent another power tariff hike, Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel on Thursday led a protest demonstration of party workers, non-government organisations and residents’ welfare association representatives outside the office of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission and called into question its decisions of the last two years which had led to a 59 per cent hike in tariff in the Capital.
Stating that the DERC Chairman has not given a hearing to a BJP-led delegation for the last three days, Mr. Goel cautioned that if the DERC Chairman would not accord a hearing to the BJP and activists of various residents welfare associations by Friday then the party would stage a “gherao” of his office.
“If the rise in power tariffs is not checked then the Chief Minister would have to face the wrath of the people,” he cautioned, noting that rather than providing relief to the consumers ground is being prepared by the Government for another tariff hike.
Mr. Goel also noted that in his address to the Delhi Assembly that the Lieutenant-Governor had stated that Delhi has saved around Rs. 30,000 crore due to the power privatization. In that case, he asked, why have the power tariffs gone up and not reduced.