New Delhi: Protesting against the recent hike in power tariff, the Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) of south and east Delhi has decided not to pay the increased 22 per cent tariff in the billing.

The RWA has started holding meetings to take unanimous decision in this connection, which they hope would put pressure on the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) and the Delhi government to rollback the hike.

The decision not to pay increased tariff was taken at the meeting held at the office situated at Madhuban Road under the aegis of East Delhi RWA Federation on Thursday.

Rajiv Kakaria from RWA GK-1 said, “The privatization of electricity is helpful for consumers.”

Referring to the statement said by the DERC Chairman in the past, Chetan Sharma from RWA GK-2 said, “He stated that electricity price should decline by 25 percent but instead of reducing the rates the prices have increased by 22 percent.”

Targeting the government and DERC on claiming the transparency adopted, Anil Bajpai of the East Delhi RWA Federation said, “If DERC and government claim transparency in the process, then permission denied for auditing the accounts of private distribution companies is not understandable.”  

The vice president of Patparganj Industrial Organization, SK Maheshwari, said that the public representatives would be involved to tackle the issue.”  

JPN/Bureau