Explained: Why discoms in Delhi want a hike in power tariff

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), which regulates the city’s power sector, is expected to announce the annual tariff order by the end of August, which may determine your electricity bills from September.

The tariff order is usually announced at the start of a financial year, however, a delay of a month of two, and sometimes more, is a yearly occurrence. This time, however, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the waiting period even further. Distribution companies have made a case for a hike in tarrif citing the pandemic and its impact on their income.

Delhi has not witnessed a substantial power tariff hike since 2015, when the Aam Aadmi Party took over the reins of the capital. Before coming to power, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led protests against alleged inflated electricity bills in the capital, which has around 60 lakh power consumers.

Indian Express
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