BJP to seek court’s intervention in power tariff issue: Goel

New Delhi: Stepping up attack on Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, city BJP chief Vijay Goel on Saturday said court's intervention will be sought to seek proper scrutiny of the whole tariff determination process of the regulator which he alleged was "totally flawed".
Accusing DERC of functioning under influence of Delhi Government, Goel demanded proper scrutiny of the accounts of the private power distribution companies before finalising the power tariff.
"The DERC and discoms are acting at the behest of Delhi Government. The license of these power companies can be cancelled for violation of the conditions of license but the DERC have never served any notice to them," he said.
"We will approach the courts seeking scrutiny of the tariff determination process of the DERC," Goel added.
Referring to his meeting with DERC members, he said the commission has admitted that according to license agreement all the three companies had rights for distribution of power in entire Delhi so that there may be competition and power may be supplied at competitive rates.
"The DERC said these companies are purchasing power from one source and at one rate and that is why they are allowed to sell at uniformed rate, hence the competition was not needed," he said.
Goel said a number of companies have been supplying power in Mumbai and the competition among them has helped the consumers.
"DERC Chairman has said that this experiment failed in Mumbai, whereas the reality is that consumers have benefitted a lot due to competition among power companies. Following BJP's demand, the DERC chairman now said he will study the Mumbai model," Goel said.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is on an indefinite fast for last eight days protesting "inflated" power and water bills.
He has been asking people not to pay the bills.
The power tariff in the city was hiked by 22 per cent in 2011 followed by five per cent hike in February last year. The tariff was hiked by up to two per cent in May last year and again by 26 per cent for domestic consumers in July last year.
The tariff was hiked by up to three per cent last month.