Facing power cut? Don't worry. You will be compensated

Henrietta Strickland
April 20, 2018

Lt Governor Anil Baijal chaired a law and order meeting of Delhi Police on Thursday, and reviewed operational and functional aspects of CCTVs in Delhi.

"The L-G shud respect and follow the Constitution (sic)", chief minister Kejriwal tweeted while his deputy Manish Sisodia said the L-G should not attempt to run a parallel government as he does not have any power to call a meeting on issues which are under the government's domain.

The fresh of war between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Centre erupted two days after nine advisors to the ministers in the Aam Aadmi Party were sacked on the recommendations made by the Union Home Ministry (MHA), which said that these posts were "not sanctioned". Kejriwal welcomed the development, saying that this would make discoms accountable directly to the consumers.

As per the new policy, in case of an unscheduled power cut, the discoms (power distribution companies) will have to restore the electricity within one hour.

In 2016, Kejriwal had alleged that an order of his government to compensate power consumers for unscheduled electricity cuts was cancelled by the then L-G, Najeeb Jung. "Our Government is confident that the LG will concur with the policy and will endorse this pro-consumer step, which will become a model for other Governments across the country to follow", the official said.

It should be noted that there are three private power discoms that operate in Delhi - BSES Companies BYPL and BRPL, and the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL). Failure to do so shall result in a penalty of Rs 50 per hour per consumer for the first two hours and Rs 100 per hour per consumer after two hours.

According to the policy, the compensation amount would be adjusted in consumers' bills. It should be noted that the exemption from penalty will be available just once a day for electricity providers.

Consumers would have to log a complaint of "no current" via text message, call, email, website or app, the government statement had said on Tuesday. In case where an entire group of consumers if affected, the discom would be required to identify all the affected customers individually, and subsequently, credit the compensation to each consumer's CA number.

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