'Use less power if you cannot afford hiked charges'

'Use less power if you cannot afford hiked charges'

“People should cut the usage of power if they cannot afford high electricity tariff,” Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Sunday, a comment that evoked criticism.

Dikshit, who is under attack for the hike in power tariff, also sought to justify it by saying the increase in cost of power production has led to the rise in electricity rates. Dikshit said that if people are finding it difficult to pay the billed amount they should cut down consumption on various electrical appliances.

“We have been supplying power round-the-clock. We are not supplying power periodically. When 24-hour supply is ensured then the Opposition says bill is too high. If you consume electricity for 24 hours, then you do not pay for five hours’ consumption.  If you cannot afford the electricity bill then cut down your consumption.

Future generations will never realise there used to be seven to eight hours power cut in Delhi,” Dikshit said addressing a meeting at Chhatarpur in South Delhi.

“If somebody is finding it difficult to pay the bill then he can use a fan instead of a cooler. . Accusing Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said, “She is favouring discoms. There is mass corruption in electricity by the discoms but Dikshit, instead of checking it, is giving statement about electricity being used by poor people,” Goel said.

The BJP has been targeting the city government on the issue of hike in power tariff and accused it of siding with the private power discoms.

“This is very unfortunate statement from the Chief Minister of Delhi. In Delhi, the electricity prices are not increasing because of increased production cost,” Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal said.

“How can you expect the people to stop using TV, refrigerator, washing machines which have become essential today. The electricity prices are increasing only because of the corruption of the chief minister in collusion with electricity companies.”
The power tariff in the city was hiked by 22 per cent in 2011 and again it was increased by 26 per cent for domestic consumers in July last year. It was again hiked by up to 3 per cent from February 1.

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