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Sheila Dikshit meets Kejriwal demands six-month waiver for power consumers

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New Delhi: Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit yesterday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, demanding six-month waiver to power consumers in the city who, she said, have been made to pay over Rs 7,400 crore as increased fixed charges and surcharge for pension fund.

A party delegation led by Dikshit met the chief minister at his Flagstaff Road residence, and raised issues related to power and water supply faced by the people in the national capital.

However, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders claimed that the current rates of electricity were "cheaper" than what consumers paid during the Dikshit regime and added that the complaints of the Congress delegation were countered with facts, leaving them speechless.

A memorandum signed by Dikshit was submitted to Kejriwal.

"The Delhi Congress demands that the AAP government should not bill the power consumers in Delhi for next six months as the state government has illegally collected Rs 7,401 crore from them in the name of fixed charges and pensions funds to favour (power) discoms," it said.

The Delhi Congress has stepped up attack on the ruling AAP over issues related to power and water supply, which the ruling dispensation claims were its biggest achievements, with the Delhi assembly polls due in early 2020.

After the meeting, Delhi Congress working president Haroon Yusuf said that Dikshit raised the power and water crises being faced by people during the meeting.
"The chief minister assured that fixed charges will be brought to previous lower rates," he claimed.

The Congress delegation also discussed power outages, particularly in poor pockets in the city, problems of "contaminated" and "scarce" supply of water during the meeting, Yusuf said.

"The Delhi Jal Board is supplying 900 million gallons per day (MGD) water against peak demand of 1200 MGD, resulting in a massive water shortage across the capital," the party memorandum said.

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