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No bill for electricity usage of up to 200 units in Delhi


NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Delhi assembly polls due next year, chief mister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced free electricity for people consuming up to 200 units amonth. Those who consume between 201 and 400 units would be given a 50% subsidy by the state government.

Kejriwal said the State government will spend approximately Rs 1,800-2,000 crore annually for the subsidy. Delhi has at least 4.9 million domestic power consumers.

The chief minister said the move will cover at least 33% consumers whose usage is less than 200 units in the summer. “During the winter, the power consumption of around 70% people is below 200,” he said As he looked to give a boost to his ‘aam aadmi’ image before the polls, Kejriwal said Delhi had the cheapest electricity in the country and this was additional relief to the ‘aam aadmi’ in the city.

While cheaper electricity has been one of the main poll planks of the Kejriwal-led AAP, the chief minister had also launched a ‘bijli satyagraha’ as an activist against the Sheila Dikshit government in 2012 over the allegedly inflated bills received by a labourer.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said while he welcomed the move, it is aimed at political gains in the run-up to the Delhi polls. “Kejriwal is announcing freebies in view of the assembly elections,” he said.

The CM’s announcement came a day after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) also reduced the burden on consumers by reducing fixed charges for most domestic connections by up to 84%.

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DERC kept the energy charges same for all categories, except for those who consume more than 1,200 units per month. A household whose electricity consumption crosses 1,200 units a month will have to pay 25 paise extra per unit and will be charged Rs 8 per unit.





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