Thursday, October 11, 2012

RWAs want CAG audit of discoms’ accounts

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Consumer representatives are unwilling to give up their campaign for getting the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to verify the accounts of the three power distribution companies in the city.

A year after they sought an audit of the power discoms’ accounts by the CAG, residents’ welfare associations have launched an online campaign to intensify their movement. These consumers are unhappy that even a year after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission gave its nod and the Delhi Government agreed to a CAG audit, there has been no move on the government’s front to take the decision forward.

“Almost six months ago, the Delhi Government had submitted in the Delhi High Court that CAG audit will be done. Though the Audited Balance Sheets of discoms exhibit clear profits, still, the DERC admitted their plea of losses. As a result, power tariff is being revised upwards regularly and consumers are forced to pay at high rates,” said B. S. Vohra of the East Delhi RWAs Joint Front.

The consumer representatives have also demanded that the DERC should make public the guidelines or parameters for raising or deciding the tariff. “The DERC had admitted in High Court about the absence of the same,” the RWA have claimed in the online petition.

Other demands include a separate neutral and a higher penalty for the discoms for failing to provide services. “We now have common neutral for all the meters in a building. Because of residual backflow we are paying 25 per cent to 30 per cent more. We demand separate neutral for each flat,” the consumers have put forth in their petition.

These issues apart from the concerns over inflated bills will be raised at a public hearing on October 8.

with thanks : The Hindu : LINK : for detailed news.

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