- The compensation can go upto Rs 5000
- Consumers will get Rs. 50 per hour for first 2 hours of power cuts
- After that, the consumers will get Rs 100 per hour
People in Delhi will now get compensation for unscheduled power cuts, which can go upto Rs 5000. The plan, which was being discussed for months, came into effect as the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission revised its rules today.
Under the new rules, consumers will receive Rs 50 per hour for first two hours of unscheduled power cuts, after which it will be hiked to Rs 100 per hour.
In case of scheduled power cuts, compensation is be payable after 12 hours or in case the outage extends beyond 6 pm -- whichever is earlier.
The compensation will be adjusted against current or future bills.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier said it would make power companies directly responsible to the people.
Today, the Aam Aadmi Party tweeted:
Delhi has become the first State in the country where consumers will be compensated by power distribution companies (Discoms) in case of unscheduled power cuts.#AAPCares4Delhipic.twitter.com/PMzzup1kxJ- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) December 20, 2018
Unscheduled power cuts happen due to faults in the system caused by overloading. The discoms get an hour to correct it. If they can't, the new compensation system will kick in.
The compensation policy was cleared by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal in April. But the approval from the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, which is tasked with fixing power tariffs and enforcing penalty -- took time.
A similar scheme announced earlier by the AAP government was cancelled because it had been notified without his signature.
There are three private companies that supply electricity in Delhi --- BSES Yamuna Power Limited, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited.
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