Kejriwal's agitation impacted people little: Discoms

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 Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi, April 5: Even though the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that over 10 lakh people were supporting it in its fight against corruption in the electricity sector in the national capital, collections by power distribution companies told a contrasting tale.

Discoms claimed that Arvind Kejriwal's campaign against allegedly inflated bills did not impact the people and the latter were not only paying the bills, but even made advance payments.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) for instance claimed that it had received 106% payment in March, said a report. The TPDDL had set a target of Rs 420 crore in March but they had already received Rs 430 crore.

BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and BSES Yamuna Power Limited although did not provide any figures but said their collections were also not affected by the AAP's agitation and met the targets.

The AAP, however, rubbished these claims and said that the discoms had disconnected power to many houses due to non-payment. Party spokesperson Manish Sisodia said the discoms were lying asking why they would disconnect power connections if everyone paid their bills.

TPDDL sources said they meet the RWAs on first Friday of every week and nobody ever raised the issue. They said even if somebody fails to pay the bills, two notices are served and personnel are sent to the concerned defaulters before the power connection is snapped.

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