DERC to declare new power tariff next month

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) will be announcing new power tariff early next month. A day after the regulatory body completed the two-day public hearing, officials said that they will announce revised tariff within four weeks. Putting aside demands made by the AAP government to stall the order till CAG audit results for discoms were announced, the regulator said they had to follow rules of the Electricity Act for an annual tariff revision.

The public hearing gave consumers, activists and RWAs a platform to air their views and argue against the proposed hike. Over 300 people participated in the hearing along with a few AAP MLAs. While other participants reached a consensus to reject demands by power companies for an increase in tariffs, the AAP MLAs urging DERC to wait for CAG audit results.

“We do not know when the audit results will be declared so cannot wait for it. If they come before the new tariff is announced, then the findings of the audit result will be incorporated in the order. We had said this last year as well. Tariff revision is an annual process that needs to be completed,” said a senior DERC official.

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