New Delhi: Amidst the power crisis Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that subsidised electricity in the national capital will be given only to those who ask for it. The new rule will be implemented from October 1.
“Now cheap electricity will be optional in Delhi. From October 1, the Delhi government to provide electricity subsidy to only those who ask for it. We will give options to people whether or not they need electricity subsidy,” Kejriwal announced in a press conference.
He added that “the work of asking people about subsidised electricity will begin soon.”
At present, consumers in the national capital get ”zero” power bill up to 200 units of electricity and a subsidy of Rs 800 on consuming 201 to 400 units of power per month.
Delhi is also facing a low coal stock, leading the state government to sound an alarm over supplying power to the national capital. Delhi Power minister Satyendar Jain has recently written to Union Power minister RK Singh with details of low coal stock at several thermal plants supplying power to the capital, and urged the Centre to ensure adequate availability of coal for uninterrupted electricity supply in Delhi.