NDPL moves Delhi HC for power tariff hike

Private discom North Delhi Power Ltd (NDPL) on 14-01-2011 approached the Delhi high court for a direction to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to determine the tariff for the year 2010-11 and issue the order expeditiously. Filing an application before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan, NDPL said the current stalemate had resulted in NDPL – a joint venture of TATA Power Company and Delhi government – facing a financial crisis.

The bench, which issued a notice to the parties concerned for a response by January 21, was hearing a PIL accusing the government of succumbing to pressure from discoms and directing the Commission to not issue a new tariff order approved by it for 2010-11.

According to the company, about 60-70% of finance goes towards power distribution and 10-12% goes towards maintenance, salaries of staff and administrative expenses. In its application, NDPL has also criticized the just retired chairman of DERC for recommending reduced tariffs.

Earlier, the bench had rapped the city government and the Commission for their ongoing tussle over fixing of new power tariff for the capital.

Attorney general G E Vahanvati, who assisted the court, had earlier said state government had no power to interfere with a decision taken by DERC and could only issue guidelines which the Commission could consider.

The bench had directed the members of DERC to convene a meeting and intimate it about their decision over the current year’s approved tariff while making it clear that the Commission would inform it if there was any dissenting opinion by any of its members.

Source – Times of India

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SUMIT KUMAR

Executive at India Electron Exchange

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