Friday, May 31, 2013


Dear Mr. Vohra ji,

We must richly compliment and heartily congratulate you on the efforts made and startling revelations which will open the eyes of the public at large. It will be seen that all round lethargy and 'sub chalta hai' attitude have penetrated into the work force and all they wish to have 'money under the table' to make themselves rich. Nobody is accountable or feel their responsibility and they don't feel answerable to the public but to their immediate bosses whose palms can be greased to get outstanding report and accelerated promotions! It is a sorry state of the nation as a whole!! There is no department which is dealing with public is not corrupt, right from the grass root level to the top! You are aware that tapping of underground water for any purpose is strictly prohibited in NCR Delhi and if found the people concerned have to face severe punishment! Does it happen? How the 'building mafia' bend the rules and undertake construction of multi-storeyed flats etc. without water and curing! They pay heavily to the staff concerned, including the Police at the lowest level, who demand as a matter of right, otherwise threaten them including the aam aadmi! How is it being permitted in the open day light? We cannot solve any of the problems unless and until the staff from the lowest to topmost level is corruptless and have an attitude of sympathy and humility towards the public and feel the accountability and responsibility! This attitude is dwindling and people are losing their faith in these establishments and those who could afford thrive and those who cannot, mainly due to financial conditions, cannot survive excepting cursing their fate and in the long run have to perish and/or take to crime, which goes unpunished due to our judicial system!! What is the remedy? None can solve the problem except resorting to violence and no more Bapuji's remedy of 'ahimsa' and non-violence could remedy the situation! Let's together ponder over this vital issue and how to overcome!

Thanking you for your startling revelation and efforts made. But what is the solution except getting standard lukewarm reply from the authorities concerned. There is no short or long term plan to turn the tide unless it comes from the top! People's suggestions are not welcome and cast aside and thrown into waste basket!

With best regards,

TK Balu

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Poster Hatao Abhiyan !

Col Shivraj & Mrs Laxmi Kumar with the posters removed — at Munirka, New Delhi-110067.

Innovation ya Jugaad ?


Hundreds visiting regional transport office Surajmal Vihar have to return without their licences as usually the internet server is down.

SUrajmal Vihar RTO office, located at CBD ground is  one of the largest in the area. It caters to the residents of Ghazipur, Gandhi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Anand Vihar, Old Seelampur, Mandawali, New Shahdara, Geeta Colony, Vivek Vihar and Jheel for licences and new vehicle registration. 

But the office server is mostly down, causing inconvinience to visitors. Jatin Shah, a resident of Vivek Vihar, who has bought a new car said, "I have been coming to this office for a week and every time, I get the same excuse that there is some technical fault in the server. After eight days, I am still paying fine for not getting my car registration certificate."

Besides the network issue, this office doesn't have enough space for conducting driving test prior to issuing of licence. People, who have applied here for driving licence had to go through a tough process as all the counters remained closed for a week because of network problem. "We all are working and can't waste time like this. This is the only reason why we rely on touts, who are easily available at the main gate," said a visitor.

RWAs have also raised this matter but to no avail. BS Vohra, president, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front said, "People come here and stand in long queue and leave empty handed. It's authority's mistake but common people like us are suffering."

Rakesh Kumar, Motor licensing officer says, “There is some problem in our UPS system and for that we have written letters to the Delhi Transport infrastructure Development Corporation and they assured us that the problem will be solved by this week.”

with thanks : Jagran City plus : Link

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

कैसी पब्लिक हियरिंग, जब पब्लिक ही न हो मौजूद?

कैसी पब्लिक हियरिंग, जब पब्लिक ही न हो मौजूद?

पूनम पाण्डे, नवभारत टाइम्स | May 21, 2013, 05.30AM IST

दिल्ली में बिजली की लड़ाई लड़ने वाले अलग-अलग आरडब्ल्यूए के लोग कुछ साल पहले तक एक-दूसरे को नहीं जानते थे। डीईआरसी की टैरिफ तय करने वाली पब्लिक हियरिंग में ही ये लोग मिले और एक-दूसरे की बातें सुनकर सीखा, जाना और यहीं यह ग्रुप बना। अब बिजली के दाम कम करवाने के लिए यह ग्रुप मिलकर लड़ाई को आगे बढ़ा रहा है। लेकिन डीईआरसी की अब होने वाली पब्लिक हियरिंग में एक ग्रुप दूसरे ग्रुप को नहीं सुन पाएगा।

डीईआरसी ने कहा है कि डोमेस्टिक कैटिगरी के लिए 2-3 दिन लंबी पब्लिक हियरिंग होगी। इसमें सभी संबंधित पक्षों को, जिन्होंने हियरिंग में आने के लिए दिलचस्पी दिखाई था, अलग-अलग ग्रुप में बुलाया जाएगा। आरडब्ल्यूए प्रतिनिधियों के मुताबिक, डीईआरसी का इशारा साफ है कि पब्लिक हियरिंग के लिए पब्लिक नोटिस नहीं निकाला जाएगा। जब डीईआरसी ने पब्लिक से आपत्तियां एवं सुझाव मांगे थे, उसी में एक लाइन यह जोड़ी थी कि जो पब्लिक हियरिंग में आना चाहते हैं, वह भी बताएं। ईस्ट दिल्ली आरडब्ल्यूए जॉइंट फ्रंट के प्रेजिडेंट बी. एस. वोहरा ने कहा कि डीईआरसी बांटने की राजनीति कर रहा है। अलग-अलग ग्रुप में हमें एक-दूसरे के सुझाव और आपत्तियां कैसे पता चलेंगी। यह ट्रांसपैरंसी के खिलाफ है।

जीके-1 आरडल्यूए प्रतिनिधि राजीव काकरिया ने कहा कि अगर दिल्ली के अलग-अलग हिस्से की आरडब्ल्यूए मिलकर बिजली की लड़ाई को यहां तक ला पाए हैं, तो इसलिए कि हर मीटिंग में एक-दूसरे से मिले, सीखा और ग्रुप तैयार हुआ। डीईआरसी एक तरफ ट्रांसपैरंसी की बात कह रहा है और दूसरी तरफ एक ग्रुप को दूसरे ग्रुप से दूर रखकर ट्रांसपैरंसी ही खत्म कर रहा है।

उन्होंने कहा, मुमकिन है कि डीईआरसी के पास जगह की कमी है, इस वजह से वह ऐसा कर रहे हैं। लेकिन हमने कई बार डीईआरसी से मांग की है कि पब्लिक हियरिंग किसी बड़े हॉल में कराई जाए। पब्लिक हियरिंग में उन लोगों को भी आने का हक है जिन्होंने पहले लिखित में डीईआरसी को ऑब्जेक्शन-सजेशन नहीं दिए। अगर पब्लिक नोटिस के जरिए लोगों को बताया नहीं जाएगा और सिर्फ कुछ लोगों को इनवाइट किया जाएगा, तो यह पब्लिक हियरिंग के कॉन्सेप्ट को ही खत्म करेगा।

पिछली बार पब्लिक हियरिंग में कुछ नेता और उनके समर्थकों ने हंगामा किया था। मुमकिन है कि डीईआरसी ने इसलिए पब्लिक नोटिस न निकालने का मन बनाया है। आरडब्ल्यूए प्रतिनिधि सौरभ गांधी ने पब्लिक नोटिस न देने की शिकायत अपीलेट ट्रिब्यूनल में की है। मांग की है कि हियरिंग से पहले पब्लिक नोटिस निकालने के लिए डीईआरसी को निर्देश दें।

with thanks : Navbharat Times : LINK

Monday, May 20, 2013

Complaint BRPL : 39999707, BSES : 39999808

Now consumers can call BSES / BRPL & register the no power complaint. The numbers are 39999707 for BRPL and 39999808 for BYPL. Press 1 for ‘No Supply and choose Option 2 for IVRS based services. To avail this service, customers will have to get their mobile number registered.

Faulty meter of TPDDL

Dear Sir,

As per my lodged complaint to CGRF, model Town against Tata power for my electric meter reading fast, after that on 2nd may 2013, hon'ble judge decide the electric meter being faulty, so they ordered to Tata power ltd. to change my meter, but they not ordered to reimburse the excess consumption and penalty.

On 11th May 2013 my meter changed, after few days we have recd. the letter from CGRF that they closed my complaint. 

Please let me know when the meter being faulty they not reimburse me the excess consumption reading claim.

You are requested that kindly resolve my problem urgently.

Awaiting your quick reply.

Vijay Rani Gupta

Friday, May 17, 2013

Backlanes in Anand Vihar neglected : Balu ji in HT Live East

Recycling plant for debris : Hindustan Times

RWAs oppose .....

The views as expressed above are true and certainly the front line workers of the  RWAs are required to sit together and decide a joint strategy and once the  strategy is decided, all members of the respective RWAs/Federation etc need to  come in front of DERC.
Ashok K Bhatnagar
General Secretary
Jan Shakti Vikas Samiti

Thursday, May 16, 2013

RWAs oppose this adhoc style of DERC on Public hearings !

How the DERC can have a Public Hearing without any public notice & without any message / invitation / notice to stakeholders ? We have almost confirmed reports from our sources that A Public Hearing is being held tomorrow at 11 am for the commercial sector. Who will attend this public hearing ? What points will be discussed in the absence of MTAs & RWAs ? Strange behaviour from the side of Govt which seems the brain behind the DERC.

B S Vohra

Strongly disaprove as it is against Transparency and Norms.... It is the right of various stakeholders to listen to each others view points. Indeed DERC does not want the stakeholders to meet and be always divided. RWAs protest this Adhoc style of DERCs functioning.

Rajiv Kakria

DERC का मनमानी का एक और उदाहरण कल दिलली की जनता को देखने मे मिलेगा जब कल DERC दिलली के बिजली के रेटों पर बिना किसी public notice के जनसुनवाई की प्रकिया करेगी DERC आख़िर जनता से क्या छुपाना चाहती है ? क्या किसी आज दोपहर तक पता था कि कल कोई जनसुनवाई है ।

Saurabh Gandhi

Monday, May 13, 2013

East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

RWAs from East Delhi may join our, EAST DELHI RWAs JOINT FRONTIt's a FederationYou can view our activities from various links as below :

Please feel free to mail us at :

Friday, May 10, 2013

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Move to shield honest payers in power cases

I feel the Electric supply companies should be brought under the ambit of RTI, an instrument for the general public to be aware of the real going in the department.  Without RTI the Electric companies and their employees are fleecing the public in general and are enjoying their life lavishly.  Transparency in the system is only possible if the system is controlled by the agencies like RTI. Moreover it will be appreciable if the DERC decides to grant some rebate to Senior Citizens who have attained the age of 65 years or more. Please do send your comments.  

R K Nanda  
'Sahyog' Varishst Nagrik Manch, (Regd.)  
President Railway Pensioners Welfare Association (Regd.)

Move to shield honest payers in power cases

Dear Sir,
    A very good news has been given and this will certainly relief to hundreds of consumers.  In our area of Laxmi Nagar, one consumer has been issued a  bill of Rs. 20 lakhs on account of DAE and the culprit  was the unauthorized l tenant who was caught while stealing the electricity and a FIR was also written in the Police Station accepting his fault in front of BSES officials but later he  ran away and the target has been  made to the owner of the house who is now in great trouble and apprehending arrest by police.  I sincerely hope, you will find time to  help the innocent consumer.  Though I  have advised him to take up the matter through a lawyer as BSES are interested in bargaining the amount. 
   I hope to hear from you shortly.
   Thanks and regards,
   Ashok K Bhatnagar

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Move to shield honest payers in power cases

NEW DELHI: Soon, it will be mandatory for the city's power distribution companies (discoms) to check the consumption and payment records of consumers before accusing them of power theft. Citing a steep increase in the number of complaints of harassment against discoms, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has decided to change the procedure for registering a case for unauthorized use of electricity against any consumer.
The amendments will be made in the proposed Delhi Electricity Supply Code and Performance Standards Regulations Draft-2012, which has been in the making for the last few years. However, the draft is now expected to be amended and put up on the DERC website by June.
"Since we have been getting complaints and suggestions internally from our members, and the public, we have decided to amend certain portions of the draft wherein we want to strengthen the part that deals with the procedure for booking a case for unauthorized use of electricity against any consumer," said P D Sudhakar, chairman, DERC.
As per the proposed amendments, discoms will not be allowed to register a theft case on the basis of mere "suspicion". Officials said in many cases it was found that discoms had booked people who have genuine meter faults without even checking their credentials. Once this regulation is approved, a consumer who has made regular payments against his consumption will be given ample chance to explain himself before being booked for theft.
DERC is also considering directing the discoms to collect concrete evidence against a consumer before registering a case. "We want them to strictly adhere to the principle of natural justice wherein consumers are mandatorily issued notice and given time to respond," Sudhakar said. Also, the draft suggests recording of complaints in the presence of a witness, who could be a neighbour. DERC sources claim to receive at least 50 cases of harassment by discoms in the name of power theft every year.
The draft supply and performance code has also suggested enhancement of fines being imposed on the discoms for delay in addressing consumers' complaints related to failed supply, burnt meters or a transformer snag. The fines may go up to Rs 100 per day, or even more. Discom performance codes were last reviewed in 2007. A public hearing to discuss the draft that has been on the website was held a year ago but it has remained in limbo.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Surcharge up, power to cost more in Delhi : Hindustan Times

Surcharge up, power to cost more in Delhi

Power bills are set to go up in the city from this month, with the regulator announcing a 1.5% increase in surcharge on Friday. The hike comes ahead of new tariffs which are expected to be on the higher side.
The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has doubled the provisional power purchase cost adjustment charges (PPAC) for the city's distribution companies, applicable for three months starting May 1. HT wrote on Thursday that the hike was coming.
On an average, the surcharge will add Rs. 40 - to Rs. 90 to the bills, depending on the power consumed. Every three months, city’s power firms submit the price at which they buy power to DERC, which decides if the costs — purchasing price and fuel rates —need to be adjusted in the form of a surcharge.
The surcharge will be revised at the end of the three-month period.
A provisional PPAC of 1.5% has been approved for BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL).  The new PPAC will be 4.5% for BRPL and BYPL, and 3% for TPDDL consumers.
Thursday's increase will be applicable as a surcharge on the total fixed and energy charges and the bill will clearly indicate the percentage and amount of PPCA, the DERC said.
"They're planning to increase the tariff this year too. How will a middle-class family afford it?" said BS Vohra, an east Delhi RWA joint front member.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK

Friday, May 3, 2013

Price Hike : Power Tariff, Auto, Taxi, Milk : Total TV : B S Vohra


Power Tariff - Fuel Surcharge up by 1.5%, a big hike expected soon ?

In todays Hindustan Times there was a news with the heading  Power purchase cost rising, discoms seek hike in tariff. The news further said that, " DERC will take a final decision after taking all the points into consideration such as increase in fuel cost etc. ".

But its quite shocking to note that today itself DERC has raised the Power Tariff by 1.5% on the name of Fuel Surcharge & another big hike is expected soon. Does it mean that they have checked all the points in just few hours ?

Power purchase cost rising, discoms seek hike in tariff

Your electricity bills may soon increase significantly with the power regulator all set to approve the power-purchase cost adjustment (PPAC) for distribution companies for this quarter.
Though the electricity tariff is approved in a year, discoms have to keep on purchasing power from generating companies at different rates and fuel prices also keep on changing throughout the year. Discoms submit the actual price at which they have purchased power every three months and the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) determines whether it needs to be adjusted in the form of a surcharge.
According to DERC officials, discoms BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) have sought a 9 per cent increase in the surcharge. Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) has asked for a 12 per cent increase.
“We have received their power-purchase cost submission for this quarter. A fixed formula is applied to determine the percentage increase. The quantum is yet to be determined but there will surely be an increase,” said a senior DERC official.The official said while BRPL and BYPL have submitted for a power-purchase cost adjustment for the previous period, the TPDDL submitted it for the current period too.Thepower-purchase cost adjustment will be applicable from May.At present, consumers in TPDDL areas pay 1.5% surcharge while in BRPL and BYPL, they pay 3%. They had been paying this surcharge since February 1.
“The percentage increase on account of PPAC will be applicable as a surcharge on the total fixed and energy charges (excluding arrears, LPSC, E Tax etc.). The bill format will clearly identify the percentage and amount of PPA as separate entities,” explained the official.    Power distribution companies claim that they have to pay power suppliers such as the National Thermal Power Corporation and generation companies of Delhi on a monthly basis and the earlier method of recovery of these expenses used to take them at least two years to get the returns.
“Power distribution companies submit their bills stating the rate at which they have purchased cost. However, DERC will take a final decision after taking all the points into consideration such as increase in fuel cost etc,” added the official.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK