Citing the widening revenue gap of around Rs 28,000 crore, Delhi's three private power distribution companies have pitched for early announcement of annual tariff revision.
The companies, which have sought up to 20 per cent hike in tariff, have communicated to DERC about the resource crunch being faced by them owing to steep rise in power purchase cost.
The Reliance Energy-backed BSES discoms has petitioned the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) for upto 19 per cent hike, while Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) has demanded an increase of 20 per cent.
The DERC is in the process of finalising the tariff for 2015-16 and is likely to announce the new rates by the end of August after taking views of various stakeholders including the consumers.
Making a case for hiking tariff, the discoms have argued that their combined revenue gap due to absence of a cost-reflective tariff has gone upto Rs 28,000 crore and the financial position would worsen further if there was no increase in rates.
The total under recoveries of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd have risen to Rs 20,000 crore while for TPDDL, it has been estimated at Rs 8,000 crore, as per the discoms.
Source: The Economic Times
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