Residents' welfare associations across the Capital will protest in different ways during the upcoming festival season against the 22 per cent hike in power tariffs announced recently.

“A large number of RWAs had filed objections to the discoms' proposal to raise power tariffs with the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission during public consultations. These were ignored by the DERC, which was set up for the benefit of consumers, and it went ahead with the tariff hike on the basis of self-assessed data and statement of expenditure and infrastructure costs provided by the private distribution companies” said Rajiv Gujral, president of Defense Colony RWA.

Chittaranjan Park RWA Federation secretary P.K. Roy said: “During the upcoming Durga Puja, most pandals in Chittaranjan Park, Mayur Vihar and Dilshad Garden will showcase fast running meters. We will also hold protests against blackouts for some minutes, showcase Durga killing the discom demons and song and dance programmes during the festival will focus on poor supply and hefty bills.”

“RWAs are also tying up with various Ramlila committees to erect and burn an extra effigy of meters along with those of Ravana, Khumbkarana and Meghnath during the Dussehra festival,” said Rajiv Kakria of Greater Kailash-I RWA.

Jama Masjid Aman Committee president Mujibur Rahman said the Walled City residents have planned a candle light protest march in and around Jama Masjid and other areas of the Walled City to further generate awareness against the power tariff hike.