New Delhi, Sep 25: Stating that 24 hours cheap electricity is a right of every Delhiite, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said tenants in Delhi can now avail of free electricity through separate power meters which can be installed by providing rent agreement or receipt and an ID proof.
He announced that prepaid electricity meters will be provided for people who are living on rented accommodation and it will be applicable for domestic use.
Addressing a press conference here in the Delhi Secretariat, Mr Kejriwal announced the Mukhyamantri Kirayedar Bijli Meter Yojana, a scheme to extend the benefits of free electricity under the Delhi government subsidy to tenants residing in the capital city.
Congratulating the people of Delhi, Mr Kejriwal tweeted, "Now tenants will also get free electricity. The Mukhyamantri Kirayedar Bijli Meter Yojana extends the subsidy given to home owners to all tenants. 24 hours, cheap electricity is a right of every Delhiite."
'Tenants were not able to get a separate power meter so far because they were required to take an NOC from the homeowner to get an independent connection. We have removed this requirement, so that tenants will now get a Kiyaredar Meter using just two documents - rent agreement/receipt or any identity card,' he said.
"Many homeowners have multiple tenants which significantly increases the power consumption under a single connection, bringing them under a high tariff slab. Tenants have to some times pay Rs 8-10 per unit to their landlords. They have not been able to avail the benefits of the provision of free electricity up to 200 units by the Delhi government. In fact, even the home owner in such cases has not been able to get the subsidy," Mr Kejriwal said.
Under this scheme, prepaid meters will be installed on the properties of the tenants, and they will be able to avail the benefits of free electricity up to 200 units, as well as the subsidy for consumers using 200-400 units per month. The meters will be installed only on domestic consumer properties.
The scheme also includes ease of installation for the tenants. Announcing the several benefits under the scheme, Mr Kejriwal said, 'To make the installation process easier for the tenants, meters will now be delivered to their houses by calling on helpline numbers. They can fix appointments by calling on helpline numbers and meters will be delivered to their houses after documentation and verification.'
The cost of installing a meter will be around Rs 6,000, out of which Rs 3,000 will be the security deposit and the rest service charge for the installation work.
Mr Kejriwal had announced free electricity up to 200 units per month for residents of Delhi. Residents are exempted from paying the bill in if their consumption is up to 200 units. If the consumption is between 201 to 400 units, half the subsidy is being given. (UNI)