"I am meeting him (Mr Baijal) tomorrow and would discuss the same if he has any doubts. Earlier, the high court had struck down the compensation as the file was not approved by the previous Lt Governor," Mr Sisodia said, listing the steps that the government was taking to make life easier for the city' residents.
It has been tough.
"It is an absolute pain," said a furious south Delhi resident Rajeev Kakaria, 43, caught between the blistering heat outside and frequent power outages at home. "With 48 degree heat, we have no option but to stay indoors and then with power outages every 2 hours, it is simply crazy, how is one to survive this heat," said Mr Kakaria of Greater Kailash locality.
It is a similar story in many parts of the city, Many residents have complained of power cuts lasting up to 6 hours, sometimes through the night
The power regulator has identified 900 vulnerable points across the capital but experts say a long term solution can only be to make more investment into the distribution network to slow down the growth in power consumption. The capital has the highest per capita power consumption in the country.
Mr Sisodia said the government had issued orders to the capital's power distribution companies to improve their ability to handle complaints of power outages. In case of scheduled power cuts, the minister wants the companies to send a text message to customers in advance so that people are not taken by surprise. If it is an unscheduled power cut, the minister wants the companies to report it to the government every morning.
But the most contentious move is the one that seeks to compensate subscribers. "The file of compensation to be paid to every consumer by discoms for power cuts of more than two hours to be placed before the LG today itself for approval," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a directive to Chief Secretary.
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