Thursday, 10 October 2013

CM misleading people by claiming ‘lowest’ power tariff in Delhi: Goel

·         CM misleading people by claiming ‘lowest’ power tariff in Delhi: Goel
  • Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana have lower power tariffs: Goel
  • When elected to power, BJP will reduce power tariff by 30%, bring transparency: Goel

New Delhi, October, 10:  Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel today slammed the Delhi Chief Minister for misleading people of Delhi on power tariff in Delhi. Shri Goel said that the Delhi Chief Minister’s claim that Delhi has lowest power tariff is misleading.

In a statement issued today, Shri Goel said, “Power tariff in states like Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Haryana are much lower as compared to the existing power tariffs in Delhi. The Chief Minister’s is misleading the people of Delhi by making false claims. Cities like Chandigarh and Dehradun too have lower power tariffs.”

Shri Goel further said, "It is surprising to see that the Delhi government colluding with the Discoms to fleece the people of Delhi. The Congress government has allowed a hike of over 72% hike in power tariff in the last couple of years and more than 300% hike in power tariff in the last ten years.

Shri Goel also said, “The power tariff slabs in Delhi are not consumer friendly. Several other states have better power tariff structure and offer flexibility to accommodate the power requirements of BPL people.”

The lowest power tariff slab available in Delhi is 0-200 units while many other states offer lowest slab as 0-30, 0-40, 0-45 or 0-100 units. Such a slab structure accommodates power requirements of the BPL households reasonably well, while power tariff slab in Delhi does not offer any such support to the poor.

Shri Goel further said, “The power policy of the Congress government betrays its anti-poor orientation. The 15-year misrule by the Congress in Delhi has resulted in BPL households receiving power bills in thousands of rupees just to light their one-room accommodation.”

Shri Goel said, “The BJP, when elected to power, will bring down the power tariff by 30% by bringing competition among the power discoms and making their functioning transparent. The BJP will also provide separate neutral to every household to protect them from “shocks” of inflated electricity bills.”

A very high power tariff exists in Delhi due to collusion between the present Delhi government and the power discoms. The Delhi Chief Minister always finds an excuse to support hike in power tariff saying that hike in tariff is necessary to ensure that people of Delhi continue to get power.

But, the Chief Minister exposed herself in 2010, when her government arbitrarily stopped the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission from reducing power tariff by nearly 25%. This clearly established hand in glove nature of understanding between the discoms and the Congress government.

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