With approval from the Lt governor of Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government’s scheme to give monetary compensation to consumers for unscheduled and long power cuts would see implementation.
It need be mentioned that the discoms will have to restore electricy within an hour or else pay the consumers.
This also makes Delhi becomes the first city to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts.
Terming it to be a pro-consumer policy, the Kejriwal government got clearance for the power department’s policy to give monetary compensation to consumers in case of unscheduled power cuts.
According to the new policy, if an unscheduled powercut is not restored within an hour of blackout, the power distribution companies or discoms will have to pay a penalty of Rs 50 per consumer for the first two hours which will be raised to Rs 100 after two hours.
The initial exemption of an hour would be granted only once a day, it was said.
The compensation earned by the consumers will be adjusted against their monthly power bill.
The policy is aimed at ensuring that the power distribution by private players in Delhi should benefit consumers and be accountable to them.>