Domestic power tariff for lawyers
New Delhi: The Delhi cabinet on Friday approved the proposal of charging lawyers who have chambers within court complexes domestic electricity tariff instead of the prevailing commercial rates. Though Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had rejected the state’s proposal, the government has decided to take the “subsidy route”.
This means that while such lawyers will be charged commercial tariff, the government will compensate them by providing a subsidy, confirmed power minister Satyendar Jain.
In July, the power department had written to the DERC secretary saying that Jain had received representations from lawyers operating from Tis Hazari and other courts putting forth the demand of being charged domestic tariff for their chambers within court premises.
Under the current tariff regime, consumers are divided into 12 categories, including domestic, non-domestic, industrial and agricultural. While lawyers utilise domestic connections while working from their residences, provided the area used for professional activity does not exceed what is permitted under Delhi Master Plan 2021, their chambers in court complexes fall under the non-domestic category.
Domestic category users pay Rs 4 per unit up to 200 units, Rs 5.95 between 201-400 units, Rs 7.3 between 401-800 units, Rs 8.1 between 801-1,200 and Rs 8.75 per unit for consumption above 1,200 units. Non-domestic users are charged Rs 8.8 per unit for a connection up to 10kW load, Rs 8.50 per unit between 10 and 140kW and Rs 9.95 for above 140kW.