DERC’s Electricity Tariff plan burdens group housing society
The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has increased the power tariffs yet again in its recent revision. Residents who have taken independent connections for common facilities such as elevators, common halls, staircase and so on were paying only Rs. 6.50 till July but from now, would be billed at the rate of R7 per unit, which is the highest for the domestic category.
This order affects societies that are located at areas such as Patparganj, Mayur Vihar, Vasundhara Enclave, Dwarka and Rohini, which has about 4,000 societies housing in about 1.5 lakh people. According to the Chairman of DERC, PD Sudhakar, the hike in price is to make people to save energy. Making it sure that common areas are taken care of in the society and appliances are not left on when not in use. The regulatory believe that this will help to keep check of the rate of wastage of electricity.
But the residents in the society do not agree with the regulatory, saying that people living in groups are burdened with the high rates for all the common facilities, compared to the people living in plotted lands who don’t pay for the common street lights and so on. And some also pointed out that lights in the common areas of the flats under the control of Delhi Development Authority are always lit and that they are not required to pay for them at all. They have also decided to givetheir representation to the DERC and the chief minister as well.
Following the revised electricity tariff for 2013-2014 announced by the DERC on July 26, the Government led by Sheila Dikshit government announced subsidies benefiting people living in residential areas.
Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013