Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that the Lt Governor has cancelled the AAP government’s order to make discoms pay compensation to consumers for unscheduled power cuts, alleging that the Centre was hand-in-glove with power companies.
Addressing a gathering at North West Delhi’s Najafgarh area, he expressed apprehension that the LG may also turn down the government’s power-subsidy decision and minimum wages proposal. Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had in April passed an order, asking power distribution companies to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts extending up to two hours in the national capital. “We had passed an order under which discoms would have to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts. They were bound to pay a penalty of Rs 100 for power cut for every hour.
Kejriwal also accused the Centre of not clearing the Delhi government’s proposal to regularise hundreds of unauthorised colonies in the capital. He said if the proposal is approved, such colonies will be regularised within 24 hours. “We cannot wait for Modi ji’s nod. I have directed my ministers to carry out development works in all unauthorised colonies which include construction of roads and laying of water pipelines,” he said.