The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has set the ball rolling for power tariff determination by announcing a public hearing for consumers of all categories on June 3 and 4. The Commission has also gone back on its earlier decision to hold public meetings for various categories -- domestic, commercial and industrial -- on separate days.
Following criticism from consumers, the Commission has decided to recall consumers who had participated in a hearing held earlier this month for the combined public hearing on Monday and Tuesday.
“The public hearing on the basis of the petitions filed by the discoms for annual aggregate revenue requirements for tariff determination for the financial year 2013-14 and for true-up for the financial year 2011-12 will now be open to all stakeholders and consumer categories, including those who have already given their written submissions on the petitions,” said a senior official of the DERC.
To ensure the participation of a larger section on consumers, the official said, the hearings will be held at a venue outside the DERC. “We have rented out more space at the PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry, August Kranti Marg, where more numbers can be accommodated and consumers will be allowed to be part of the hearing by simply showing their photo I-card,” the official said.
Based on the feedback from the public hearings and the study of the petitions filed by the discoms, the DERC is likely to announce the new tariff schedule by the end of June.