Do­mes­tic power tar­iff for lawyers

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | AARUSHI VERDICT -

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.

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