Delhi

Subsidised power for tenants soon, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Tenants, who constitute over a half of the city’s population, will be entitled to get prepaid power meters that will provide electricity at subsidised rates. / File

Tenants, who constitute over a half of the city’s population, will be entitled to get prepaid power meters that will provide electricity at subsidised rates. / File   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

Move seen as major blow to BJP’s attempts to snatch the AAP’s support from a significant portion of the city’s residents belonging to unauthorised colonies.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced a scheme aimed at extending the benefits of the Delhi government’s power subsidy to the tenant population in the Capital.

The announcement was seen as a significant blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s attempts to snatch the AAP’s support from a significant portion of the city’s residents belonging to unauthorised colonies.

Tenants, who constitute over a half of the city’s population as per rough government estimates, will be entitled to get prepaid power meters that will provide electricity at subsidised rates under the “Mukhyamantri Kiraedaar Power Meter Yojana”, Mr. Kejriwal announced.

“A copy of the rent agreement or rent paid slip will be enough to apply for the installation of such meters at properties which they stay on rent at. These meters will also have stickers bearing the name of the scheme,” the Chief Minister said at a press conference.

The cost of these meters, Mr. Kejriwal said, will be the same as incurred by property owners applying for domestic power connections in Delhi.

“There are two kinds of tenants in Delhi: those who live in flats or properties which already have power connections and those who do not have such connections,” he said.

“The intent of the scheme is to provide benefits to this other category of multiple tenants living in separate dwelling units at the same property, such as those belonging to the lower middle class, especially at unauthorised colonies in Delhi,” he said further.

Outgoing tenants, who pay ₹3,000 as security for such connections will be able to reclaim the security amount when vacating the property they had rented. New tenants will have the option to renew these prepaid power connections as and when they take the same property up on rent, he said.

“The Delhi government has made all the administrative and technical arrangements to roll out the scheme and will make a formal announcement in this regard later today,” Mr. Kejriwal added.

The announcement, sources in the BJP admitted, is a significant counter to its ongoing efforts to garner support from voters residing at an estimated 1797 unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

The BJP, in fact, was poised to take up the issue of lack of any benefits of power and water connection subsidies accruing to citizens staying in rent at unauthorised colonies on the basis of a survey that was commissioned to seek their satisfaction level with the AAP Delhi government.

As reported by The Hindu on September 10, two ongoing surveys will determine the course of the BJP’s campaign and strategy for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections scheduled early next year.

Being carried out by private agencies, the larger among the two surveys is a pan-Delhi one, which is currently under way across all 70 Assembly constituencies.

The other seeks to identify loopholes in the AAP Delhi government’s flagship power and water subsidy schemes in unauthorised colonies. The results of these surveys are expected to be in by mid-October.

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