Power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies to be pe­nalised for out­ages over one hour

OUT OF 250 TRANS­FORM­ERS, 20-25 ELEC­TRIC­ITY TRANS­FORM­ERS WILL BE UR­GENTLY IN­STALLED. ALL MLAS HAVE ALSO BEEN ASKED TO IDEN­TIFY LAND IN THEIR RE­SPEC­TIVE AR­EAS WHERE TRANS­FORM­ERS COULD BE SET UP SAID SATYENDAR JAIN, DELHI’S POWER MIN­IS­TER

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Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal has asked Delhi MLAS to col­lect com­plaints of un­sched­uled power out­ages from peo­ple in their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies and for­ward them to the state govern­ment.

Power min­is­ter Satyendar Jain told re­porters that com­plaints of out­ages last­ing for more than one hour would mean penalty for the dis­coms.

“The chief min­is­ter held a meet­ing with MLAS and of­fi­cials of all three power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies at the Delhi Sec­re­tar­iat, to take stock of the power sit­u­a­tion. We have asked the MLAS to sub­mit com­plaints of power cuts last­ing more than one hour in their re­spec­tive ar­eas, so that dis­coms could be pe­nalised. Dis­coms will have to com­pen­sate con­sumers for long power cuts,” Jain said.

The dis­coms told Ke­jri­wal at the meet­ing that 250 trans­form­ers were re­quired to en­ter­tain ap­pli­ca­tions for new power con­nec­tions and en­sure un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply, es­pe­cially in unau­tho­rised colonies.

There were pend­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for new power con­nec­tions across the unau­tho­rised colonies in the city, which were not be­ing con­sid­ered due to lack of space for in­stal­la­tion of new trans­form­ers, they said.

The dis­coms asked the govern­ment to pro­vide land so that new trans­form­ers could be in­stalled.

“Out of 250 trans­form­ers, 20-25 elec­tric­ity trans­form­ers will ur­gently be in­stalled. All the MLAS have also been asked to find out land in their re­spec­tive ar­eas where new trans­form­ers could be set up,” Jain said.

Ear­lier, in May, the AAP govern­ment an­nounced that power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies would com­pen­sate con­sumers for un­sched­uled out­ages ex­tend­ing up to two hours. Penal­ties can go up to Rs 100 per hour. “If the li­censee fails to pay com­pen­sa­tion, the af­fected consumer(s) may ap­proach the Om­buds­man. In case the claim for com­pen­sa­tion is up­held by the Om­buds­man, the com­pen­sa­tion shall be de­ter­mined by the Om­buds­man at the rate of Rs 5,000 or five times the com­pen­sa­tion payable as per Sched­ule-iii to these Reg­u­la­tions, which­ever is higher,” a se­nior power de­part­ment of­fi­cial said.

The chief min­is­ter also said back then that power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies would be made to com­pen­sate con­sumers for even an hour’s out­age if they did not boost their sup­ply network in the next six months.

He said there was a need to make dis­coms “ac­count­able for out­ages” and that Del­hi­ites would ben­e­fit from the pri­vati­sa­tion of the power sec­tor.

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