Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The claims of the private power companies of having done exceedingly well and blaming the poor power situation on the massive theft prevailing in the Capital have fallen flat with the Delhi Government conceding that the situation was "serious'' and that the complaints of consumers were by and large genuine.

Although the Delhi Government has time and again maintained that the power situation was comfortable and only some power theft prone pockets were facing power cuts, it was only after the Delhi Cabinet expressed serious concern over the performance of the private power companies and the deteriorating power situation in the Capital that the authorities got into action. Now Power Minister Haroon Yusuf has conceded that the situation was bad and has sought the cooperation of the Opposition as well as the ruling party MLAs in bringing to the notice of the Government issues pertaining to the poor power situation.

It is learnt that Mr. Yusuf has now written to the MLAs as well as the Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Jagdish Mukhi requesting for inputs on the deteriorating power situation. "I am writing to request you for urgent inputs on instances of unscheduled power cuts, incorrect/excess billing, wrong meter reading, delay or absence of response to consumer complaints and other related issues on the part of the power distribution companies in your respective constituencies. I would request your written response within three or four days for the matter to be taken up by the Delhi Government with the discoms for concretely focused action on top priority," the letter by Mr. Yusuf states.