At a time when the lockdown has been extended for another two weeks, Delhiites have requested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to do away with fixed charges in electricity bills and charge consumers only on the basis of their usage.
Delhi residents claim that hefty electricity bills are being sent to domestic consumers, small-scale industries, showrooms and shopkeepers even though everything is shut due to the lockdown.
The president of the East Delhi RWA Joint Front Federation BS Vohra said that the government should seriously consider waiving off fixed electricity charges. “Delhiites are being forced to pay fixed charges of electricity on 22,876 megawatts when the highest sanctioned load during this lockdown hasn’t been over 3,500 megawatts. Power discoms should not do that,” said Vohra.
He also mentioned religious institutions and said that since they remain closed during the lockdown, their fixed charges on electricity bills should be waived off as well.
Vipan Mahajan, a shop owner in Krishna Nagar, said that his electricity bill has gone up by double during the lockdown. “The electricity bill of my shop used to be around Rs 500 to 550 but after the lockdown, it went up to Rs 740 in the month of April and Rs 1550, if you take the month of May into account,” said Mahajan.
Similarly, Anoop Aggarwal, general secretary, Krishna Nagar Trade Service Association, said his people haven’t opened their shops once during the lockdown.