Wednesday, 6 July 2011

VK criticises discoms for levy on consumers

The Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Prof. V.K. Malhotra, has criticised private distribution power companies (discoms) for reportedly proposing a levy between `3,000 and `10,000 on consumers for increase in load-capacity and also threatening to disconnect electricity of those people who do not pay.
Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta, on the other hand, in a letter to the Union home ministry has sought audit of the accounts of the discoms by the CAG.
Prof. Malhotra in a statement has charged that if the discoms were allowed to levy charges for increased load they would collect thousands of crores of rupees as there are 35 lakh power connections in the capital.
He said that a mere occasional increase in load-factor during the peak of summers is hardly any reason to issue such ultimatums. “If consumers are willing to pay their bills in full, it takes nothing for the discoms to increase their load-factors without charge,” said Prof. Malhotra, and added that the discoms have already sent notices to consumers in their areas.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP chief in a letter to the MHA has demanded that the accounts of the discoms be audited by the CAG. “This will help to expose manipulation of accounts involving crores of rupees by the discoms every year. It has also been requested that the Home minister should compel the Delhi government to take such legal measures which are required for the CAG to audit their accounts,” Mr Gupta has written in his letter.

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