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Delhi govt for no increase in power tariff till end of CWG

Under attack for holding back announcement of annual power tariff for the year 2010-11, Delhi Government today indicated that it would like to see no increase in the rates till completion of the Commonwealth Games in Oct.



New Delhi: Under attack for holding back
announcement of annual power tariff for the year 2010-11,
Delhi Government today indicated that it would like to see no
increase in the rates till completion of the Commonwealth
Games in October.

However, they also maintained that the city government
does not have a say in the matter as DERC has the sole
discretion to decide on power tariff in the national capital.

A top source in the government said "the issue was very
complex and the government feels the current rates should be
allowed to continue till completion of the mega sporting event
as that will not offend the discoms."

The government also seems to be confident about the rates
not being changed before the Commonwealth Games as there is an
apparent division among the members of the Delhi Electricity
Regulatory Commission (DERC) about announcing the new tariff.

The official said the discoms would not be upset if rates
are not tinkered with as they were strongly opposing any cuts.

The government, taking a sympathetic view towards the
discoms` demand for tariff hike had yesterday said that the
"regulatory uncertainty" arising out of DERC`s indifference to
their grievances could affect power supply during the Games.

The Government had also accused the regulator of
creating bottlenecks in ensuring uninterrupted power supply in
the capital by refusing to look into the grievances of the
private discoms.

Although Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium has
already held that the government has no powers to restrict the
DERC from announcing its tariff order, the regulator is yet to
take a decision on the issue apparently due to diverse opinion
among its members.

PTI

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