Delhi government slashes power tariff , announces free water

NEW DELHI(PTI):Keeping in line with promises made during election campaign, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Tuesday slashed power tariff by 50% for consumption up to 400 units per month.

Addressing a press conference, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “We had promised to reduce power tariffs. Families using power till 400 units will get it at half the price and this will be effective from the 1st of March.”

However, “Those families using more than 400 units will have to pay the entire bill,” he added. Sisodia also announced that every household will get 20,000 litres water each month free of cost.

In its manifesto, AAP had promised to cut power tariff by 50% immediately after coming to power and had said the rates will be revised based on the findings of a CAG audit which the Kejriwal government had announced during its first stint.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Comptroller and Auditor General Shashi Kant Sharma and discussed the status of scrutiny of finances of the private power distribution companies by the auditor which was ordered by the AAP government during its first stint.

The first AAP government in January last year had ordered CAG audit of the finances of the three power companies — BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. It had even warned the discoms that their licenses may be cancelled if they do not cooperate with the audit