New Delhi, Jun 8 : Accusing the companies supplying power to Delhi of working hand in gloves with Aam Aadmi Party government and collecting Rs 7400 crore , Congress on Saturday said that in lieu of the money collected already the companies should not charge the Delhiites for electricity for the coming six months.
State Congress chief Sheila Dikshit addressing a press conference here alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal government installed lakhs of new power meters to benefit the power companies and allegedly collected enormous amount of money benefitting the companies. Ms Dikshit here said that the fixed charge for the first power meter was Rs 2.25 and it was converted from Rs 125 to 250 rupees on pretext of benefiting the poor.
By the end of this financial year companies distributing electricity in the capital collected Rs 4709 crore, the Congress claimed.Apart from this, the amount was also recovered in the name of Pension Trust and Fuel Charge, Ms Dikshit added.
On this occasion, former power minister and state executive president Haroon Yusuf, Rajesh Lillothia, former minister Mangatram Singhal, Ramakant Goswami, Kiran Walia and spokesman Jitendra Kochar were also present.Mr Yusuf, elaborating on the issue, said that in the last one and a half years, the power companies had collected Rs 7401 from the power consumers in Delhi in the name of fixed charges.
As per Mr Yusuf , from April 1 2018 to March 31 2019, the BYPL had collected Rs 1139 crore in the name of fixed charges, BRPL collected Rs 2096 crores and TPDDL collected Rs 1474 crores from the people of Delhi.
He said that if the fund is calculated at this rate upto 31 July, 2019 an additional amount of Rs 1569 crores would be added, and then the amount collected in the name of fixed charges would come to a total of Rs 6278 crore.He further said that the pension fund is also collected at the rate of 16.3 per cent, which amounts to Rs 1023 crore, thus making the total amount needlessly collected from the people of Delhi comes to Rs 7401 crore. (UNI)