Besides alleging that the sale of surplus power has helped discoms net considerable profits at the expense of consumers, the Aam Aadmi Party released a BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) document for FY2008-09 which showed the electricity consumption of behemoths like Delhi Jal Board and the Delhi International Airport Limited to be zero. “This was done to show lesser revenue and project the losses. They were caught by then DERC chairman Brijender Singh, and in subsequent years they stopped doing this,” Mr. Kejriwal said.
Mr. Kejriwal also furnished a February 2008 DERC order in which the two companies BRPL and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) showed they purchased equipment worth Rs.1,428 crore from another group company Reliance Energy Limited. “But the DERC found that this equipment was purchased at Rs.850 crore from others. Why could not the discoms purchase this equipment directly? It means the two discoms artificially increased their expenses,” Mr. Kejriwal said.
He also alleged that BRPL and BYPL showed some consumers as being billed at zero rate or less than normal tariffs despite they having consumed electricity and also paid their correct bills. “This was again done to show that revenue was less. DERC chairman P. D. Sudhakar should have ordered checking of all their records and directed registering of FIRs against these companies for cheating and fraud,” Mr. Kejriwal said,
Yet another allegation by Mr. Kejriwal was that the distribution losses were showing a consistent decrease during Brijender Singh’s tenure but again started going up after Mr. Sudhakar took charge.
According to the loss figure of BRPL as per its Aggregate Revenue Requirement Petition the loss for Alakananda circle went down by 16.9 per cent in 2007-08 to 6.29 per cent in 2008-09 and then to 1.36 per cent in 2009-10 but in 2010-11 it again went up to 8.87 per cent.
In Hauz Khas, the loss was 2.29 per cent in 2007-08, 10.09 per cent in 2008-09, -0.4 per cent in 2009-10 and then shot up to 10.94 per cent in 2010-11. In all, in 18 out of 21 BRPL circles, the losses shot up from 2009-10 to 2010-11 after mostly registering a decline in previous years.
Mr. Kejriwal also alleged that the RTI documents it released on Friday were available with BJP leader Vijender Gupta for several months but he had chosen not to make it public.
The AAP on Friday announced that it would hold 51 public meetings till March 17 to inform Delhi residents on how their electricity and power bills have skyrocketed in the past few years. The first public meeting would be held at Najafgarh on Saturday followed by meetings at Rohtas Nagar, Patel Nagar, Wazirpur, Mundka, Nangloi and Burari in the coming days.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Friday alleged that public interest was forgotten by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission when it failed to act against the alleged fudging of account books by power distribution companies.
“During privatisation, all the assets of the Delhi Vidyut Board were granted to the discoms for Re.1. The Government got 49 per cent equity in these companies. But yet, it did not act to protect public interest. The State has created three private monopolies. This model has created built-in corruption,” Mr. Bhushan said.