The two private electricity distribution companies in Delhi, BSES Rajdhani and Yamuna and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL), on Friday said any unauthorised access to their network would render the consumer liable under the applicable laws of the various acts.

The two companies released the joint advisory on the eve of Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) second leg of protest, threatening to restore the connections of households whose power had been disconnected for non-payment of bills. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has been on fast since the past 14 days, protesting against ‘inflated’ power and water bills.

The two companies said electricity distribution networks needed to be handled by qualified, trained and authorised persons only, as these could lead to potentially life threatening accidents.

“The Delhi discoms once again advise their consumers not to allow unauthorised personnel to handle the metering and allied electrical apparatus,” the companies said in their statement.

According to the utilities, if any consumer faces problems, they should get in touch with the help lines. If not satisfied, they can approach the office of the Electricity Ombudsman. The helpline numbers are BRPL 39999707; BYPL 39999808 TPDDL 66111912, the release said.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal alleged that the Delhi Government and discoms were hiding the truth behind ‘inflated’ electricity bills. “In an attempt to discredit the movement, the companies have claimed that they have received 100 per cent payments for March. This seems next to impossible as no service provider gets 100 per cent collections for its services – there is always a gap…. We challenge these companies to disclose the figure of how many people have actually not paid their bills. This figure will reveal the actual impact of the movement,’ a recent AAP release said.

siddhartha.s@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on April 5, 2013)
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