DERC report exposes govt 'connivance' with discoms: BJP

New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Friday alleged that power regulator DERC's latest report on the tariff issue "exposed" government's "connivance" with power distribution companies to "increase the burden" on common man.

In its report to government yesterday, the regulator had said that three private power discoms were earning an additional profit of Rs 300 crore monthly due to government's decision to hold back revised tariff prepared by it.

"DERC's letter to the Government exposed the loot by the private power companies in connivance with the government," Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta told reporters.

The DERC in its report also indicated that it was planning a cut down in tariff as discoms will get power from several of the under construction power generation plants in Delhi at much lower the market rate within months' time.

Exercising a special power under Delhi Electricity Act, the city government had on May 4 -- a day before the scheduled announcement of the tariff order -- had directed DERC not to announce it till the regulator got the go-ahead from the state authorities.

The government had also asked DERC to file a detailed report on the issue taking into consideration the demand of the discoms for a hike in tariff.

The DERC, which was making last minute preparations to announce the new tariff, after receiving the government directive had indicated that it had planned to cut down the tariff by 20 to 25 per cent as discoms would have a surplus of around Rs 4,000 crore if the existing tariff was not tinkered with.

City BJP had launched a agitation earlier this week demanding announcement of the tariff order as suggested by the power regulator.

"Due to criminal negligence of the Congress government the Commission has not been able announce the new tariff," Gupta alleged.

BJP workers today staged a demonstration outside DERC office demanding early announcement of the new tariff.