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Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal to confront discoms on power cuts

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST
Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) workers have staged a protest outside Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence demanding proper water and electricity supply, on 24 May.Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay told NDTV that Delhi was plunged in severe water and power crisis and the chief minister was busy in his political expansion in Goa and Punjab.Days after pulling up power companies over the failure to resolve issues that lead to power outages, Delhi Chief Minister has called a meeting of discoms on 24 May. The meeting has been called to discuss compensation for consumers who face power cuts longer than two hours will be a major issue.The meeting, in which representatives of all discoms -BRPL, BYPL and Tata Power are set to attend, will be held at 2 pm at Kejriwal's residence.The Delhi government has been maintaining that there is no shortage of power in the city and that there is a provision for more power if the need arises. The government has also alleged that discoms were not performing routine maintenance."Over the last 14-15 years, private discoms have either not spent enough on maintenance or have not carried out good quality maintenance checks. There should not be such a high number of complaints. We have asked power companies to put together quick response teams to redress the complaints," Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain said.Kejriwal had earlier said that his government has given policy directions to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), adding that unscheduled power cuts have to be fixed within two hours and if that doesn't happen, the people in that area must be compensated."We are keeping an eye on each and every fault. Why did we privatise power 15 years ago? For improvement, not tariff hikes. Discoms have to be held accountable. They keep blaming local faults. BSES areas have been experiencing more power cuts while TPDDL (Tata Power) areas have faced fewer snags," Kejriwal said.Apart from power cuts, voltage fluctuations in many areas of the city, including Vasant Vihar, Greater Kailash I, Maujpur, Adarash Nagar, Matiala, Dwarka, Karol Bagh and Connaught Place, have damaged electronic gadgets, claimed Upadhyay.
First published: 24 May 2016, 11:02 IST