Ahead of the annual tariff revision, the capital’s power discoms have petitioned the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to take note of the “unprecedented” impact on their income due to closure of industries, commercial units and a dip in consumer payments due to “job losses” owing to the Covid-19 lockdown. It has asked that subsidies be restricted only for “honest” consumers.
DERC chairman Justice (retd) SS Chauhan told The Indian Express that the regulator will take the losses being suffered by the companies and government due to Covid-19 into account while drawing up the revised tariff, due to be issued by the end of August.
During the AAP’s last term in office, Delhi did not see any substantial hike in power tariff. In August last year, the Kejriwal government made power free for households consuming between 0-200 units while those consuming between 201-400 units get a 50% rebate.