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Residential Welfare Associations across Delhi seek CAG audit of discom accounts

According to reports, representatives of hundreds of RWAs from across the city once again demanded action on city’s power distribution front, on Monday. They pressed for a CAG audit of discoms, one-city-one-tariff model, better performance standards and more transparency in the system.

“The privatization of power is no different from IPL’s match fixing. All we want to know is whether DERC or the government is (playing the role of) BCCI here,” said RWA member Rajiv Kakria, who has raised issues pertaining to power for many years now.

Kakria claims to have submitted a list of 10 questions and suggestions to the DERC in response to this year’s tariff petitions submitted by discoms. Complaining that DERC rarely shows any consideration to his submissions, Kakria asked if the minutes of the hearing are taken into account. “Since I have been raising these issues for many years now, I am keen to know if the minutes of these hearings are recorded or not? If yes, have you been putting them on the website?”

Atul Goel of NGO Urja (United RWAs Joint Action of Delhi) said it’s not cheap electricity for which the residents of Delhi are fighting but transparency in the system. “If a CAG audit establishes that discoms are fair we will happily pay more. But our sources say they have been fudging the balance sheets,” said Goel.

Representatives of NGO Greenpeace also raised the issue of generating clean solar energy to meet the power demand of the capital and bring down the generating cost. “We demand to know why DERC is not penalizing discoms for not procuring renewable energy before introducing power tariff. Electricity tariff will keep on increasing with every increase in coal prices. Therefore, it is essential that we shift to renewable energy to stabilize the tariff,” said Anand Prabhu Pathanjali of Greenpeace.

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