Staff Reporter

The connections were snapped during the sealing drive

`Private discoms are reluctant to restore old connections' `Power companies are asking for deposit of fresh charges and application for new connections'Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has also been informed about the decision of the Delhi Government

NEW DELHI: Notwithstanding the reluctance of the private power companies, the Delhi Government has issued directions to all three discoms to immediately start work for restoration of power connections that were disconnected during the sealing of commercial premises in residential areas under the Supreme Court orders throughout the Capital.

Giving this information here, Power Minister Haroon Yusuf informed that he had been getting representation from various sections of society that despite the passage of the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006, putting a one-year moratorium on demolitions and sealing, the private power companies were not restoring the power connections and were asking for deposit of fresh charges and application for new connections. As many of the traders had filed affidavits with the Supreme Court promising to shut down the misuse of their premises by June 30, they had been given temporary connections till the expiry of that deadline.

However, consumers complained that now the private discoms were reluctant to restore old connections making things difficult for them.

Mr. Yusuf said there were 10,000-odd connections involved in the whole process and the private discoms had been asked to restore the same within 15 days time. Similarly, he said those with temporary connections need not apply for fresh connections and the same would be regularised by payment of normal charges.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission had also been informed about the decision of the Delhi Government. "When a new Act has come into effect and the status quo was being maintained on everything there is no reason why old power connections should not be restored," Mr. Yusuf observed.

On the other hand, the Delhi Jal Board has already initiated the work for restoration of water connections of all such premises. It is understood that the Jal Board authorities have asked the consumers to get a local plumber of their area and have their connection restored after formal clearance at the local level.