Encouraging response during first 15 days of Amnesty Scheme: Walia

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New Delhi, May 29 (UNI) Delhi Power Minister A K Walia today exhorted consumers of electricity in Delhi to come forward and avail benefit of the ongoing Amnesty Scheme which has offered a most convenient opportunity for settlement of pending disputes and other electricity related problems.

Briefing mediapersons after chairing a weekly power review meeting wherein status of ongoing Amnesty Scheme was reviewed apart from discussion on other issues, Dr Walia said the initial response of the Amnesty Scheme is encouraging as around 3700 customers have applied for meter change, settlement of theft cases and new metered connections.

He expressed confidence that the new Amnesty Scheme, which is open till June 11, would be able to bring an end to existing tempering of meters and theft cases to develop an atmosphere of trust.

He said BRPL and NDPL have received 1500 requests each whereas 700 BYPL consumers have come forward to avail benefit of Amnesty Scheme which provides a unique and golden opportunity.

The ongoing Amnesty Scheme has three components; one relates to settlement of all existing unsettled power theft cases, the second pertaining to installation of new electronic meters instead of monthly fixed connections in J.J. colonies and clusters and the third to the change of old and tempered meters.

The scheme is open to residential and commercial consumers.

In case of theft cases, domestic consumers are being offered 60 per cent rebate and commercial consumers are being offered 50 per cent rebate in the assessed bills.

Also discussed during the meeting was the action plan for power procurement during the summer season and progress of the Bawana and Bamnoli Power Projects which are scheduled to be commissioned in 2010-11.

Dr Walia also took stock of initiatives being taken for propagation and promotion of use of Renewable/Non-Conventional Energy sources in Delhi.

It was decided to enforce mandatory installation of Solar Water heater in hospitals and five star hotels. A new scheme is being chalked out for promoting usage of CFLs which helps substantially in bringing down electricity bill of consumers as well as conservation of energy.

It was also decided to encourage green building concept.

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