Vijay Goel

Hiked fixed charges led to 30% rise in electricity prices

Kejriwal befooled Sheila and Delhiites on electricity bills
Return back Rs 7000 crore collected from high fixed charges – Goel 
DERC is Kejriwal’s puppet 

New Delhi, 15 June, 2019: If a government hikes the electricity and power prices, it may be out of its compulsion, but if the government fools its own people then that government could only be Kejriwal’s.
BJP leader and former BJP Delhi President Vijay Goel, while addressing a press conference along with RWA Joint Front convener B S Vohra, URD General Secretary Saurabh Gandhi and Anil Sood from ‘Chetna’, said that while Kejriwal has been making tall claims of free water and half power prices, the reality is Delhi is facing acute water crisis and the electricity prices have shot up by 30% after the Kejriwal government hiked the fixed charges in electricity bills. (Calculations have been mentioned in the chart shared with you)
Goel said that Kejriwal himself released a chart, comparing the electricity bills in his tenure vis-à-vis Sheila Ji’s tenure, and said that had Sheila Dikshit been in the power, the electricity prices would have shot up by 73% every three years.  This is a cruel joke because the fact is barring the slab of 1kw, electricity prices have gone up in all the remaining slabs. 1 kw slab too is not significant enough because this slab is not used even in slums where people have television, fans, cooler, and heater.
Kejriwal said that had Sheila Ji been in the power, public would have suffered immensely but since it is the Kejriwal government, the people of Delhi has received huge relief through savings on electricity bills. But he forgot that his own government had hiked the fixed charges which led to high electricity bills.
Goel showed the electricity bills wherein the fixed charges had shot up by 30% in the three year period of 2016-2019. Earlier people were charged Rs 600/kw as the security deposit, but today Rs 900/kw is being charged i.e increase of 50 percent. Similarly, in the case of 5kw or more, people are paying the deposit of Rs 1200, while it was Rs 600 earlier.
The DERC has asked the people living in houses in 500 meters or above to provide a space for transformers if they need a new connection. Transformers are being set up inside houses.
Goel also said Rs 7000 crore that the Kejriwal government has collected by hiking fixed charges should be returned back to the people of Delhi. He blamed DERC for these irregularities and said that the DERC has become a puppet in the hands of the Kejriwal government. The DERC did not even appoint its two members.  

Goel said even after being in power for past four and a half years, CM Kejriwal is still to act upon on his electoral promises: He promised to set up Delhi’s own power station to solve power problems, especially to meet the peak power demand but the new station is nowhere in sight. Besides, the promises to revive Rajghat power plant, introducing competition among discoms and turning Delhi into the solar city, all remain unfulfilled.

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