Residents' welfare associations have criticised Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's recent remarks that there could be an increase in the power tariffs in the city. Earlier this week Ms. Dikshit had said that owing to the growing cost of power generation, a hike in electricity tariffs cannot be ruled out.
In a statement, Delhi RWA's Forum has described the Chief Minister's statement as “anti-people”.
“Just few days before the earlier power tariff hike, she [Sheila Dikshit] had similarly hinted and suggested a power tariff hike just before the public hearing by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Authority and the electricity rates were hiked by more than 22 per cent by the regulatory body, ignoring the major points raised to oppose the increase by the RWAs. We don't understand the purpose of conducting a hearing when they do not take cognisance of the people's opposition to power tariff hike,” said Anil Bajpai, president of the RWA Federation, Delhi East.
Muzibur Rahman, president of the Jama Masjid Aman Committee, alleged that that the Delhi Chief Minister seems, “more interested in representing and protecting the interests of the private power distribution companies”.
The RWA representatives reiterated their demand to put off tariff hikes till a report is filed by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India about the accounts of the private distribution companies.
“We have consistently said that the power privatisation model in Delhi is flawed, corrupted and designed to profit private companies at the cost of honest consumers of power. The tariff fixation has been an unnatural corollary of the same dubious mechanisms that have ensured that the discoms retire with huge and in many cases unaudited, profits,” said Manmohan Mehra of Kiran Vihar RWA.