Arvind Kejriwal keeps his power promise; 50% tariff cut for usage upto 400 units in Delhi


New Delhi:  The Delhi Cabinet has cleared a 50 per cent cut in electricity tariffs for the capital.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced this after chairing a cabinet meeting at the Delhi Secretariat this evening. He had earlier announced that the three major power distribution companies in the capital will be audited starting tomorrow.

Mr Kejriwal said the power tariff cut, effective from tomorrow, January 1, will apply to those homes that consume up to 400 units of electricity a month. Those who consume more will pay for the entire supply. Halving the capital’s electricity bills was one of Mr Kejriwal’s major pre-poll promises.

The chief minister said the decision would benefit 28 lakh consumers and would cost his government Rs.60 crore for the three months left of this financial year.

Mr Kejriwal, who has been unwell and could not attend office since yesterday, left home early this evening to meet the government’s national auditor or Comptroller and Auditor General, Shashi Kant Sharma, who agreed to inspect the finances of Delhi’s distribution companies since they began doing business in the capital.

“If the companies have any objections about being audited, they should inform us by tomorrow morning,” the 45-year-old former tax inspector said.

Yesterday, he delivered on another commitment he had made to voters – free water. His government has said that every household in Delhi with a working meter will receive nearly 700 litres of free water everyday at a cost of Rs. 160 crores to the government. Families that consume more than that will have to pay for the entire amount, with a 10 per cent increase over last year’s rates….

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