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Power rates unchanged in Delhi, fixed charge up for 3-5kw load

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New Delhi, Aug 31 : The usage charges for power consumers in Delhi will remain unchanged but a marginal hike was announced on Thursday in the “fixed charge” component of the power tariff — between Rs 5 and Rs 75.

The power tariff consists of two components — fixed charge and energy charge. The fixed charge remains constant irrespective of the energy consumed while the energy charge varies per unit according to usage.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) said the “fixed charge” will go up for users with load between 3kw and 5kw.

There will be no change in any of the charges for consumers with 2kw connection, who will continue to pay Rs 40.

Low-end users having an electricity connection of 1kw would not pay a fixed charge of Rs 20, down from the earlier Rs 40.

Consumers with 3kw, 4kw and 5kw connections will now pay a revised fixed charge of Rs 105, Rs 140 and Rs 175 respectively as against Rs 100 earlier.

The latest revision has avoided making any changes in energy charges. The last tariff revision was done in July 2014.

“There is no change in the energy charges (electricity rates) for all categories,” DERC Member B.P. Singh said.

The fixed charge hikes will result in 0.14 to 1.13 per cent increase in power bills of domestic consumers having electricity load of between 3kw and 5kw.

Aiming to help consumers running small-scale commercial establishments, the Commission has extended the domestic category facility to all units having up to 5kw load.

Earlier, this facility was limited to consumers in slum areas only but now it will be applicable across the city.

“Gaushalas” (cow sheds) and paying guest accommodations registered under any scheme of the Delhi government will also be covered under domestic category.

In order to promote pollution-free transport, the DERC has created a separate category for charging stations for e-rickshaws and other e-vehicles with a flat tariff of Rs 5.50 per Kwh.

“The Commission has also accepted the Delhi government’s recommendation for funding an amount of Rs 694 crore towards Pension Trust, to be met by a surcharge of 3.70 per cent payable by the consumers,” Singh said.

This is the third consecutive year when usage charges in Delhi have not gone up.

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Prank call made at Kerjiwal’s residence

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister’s residence, saying that a man named ‘Bholo’ was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer.

An attendant received a call on a land line number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday.

“The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named ‘Bhola’ is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal,” Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said.

“We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call,” Mittal said.

“The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller,” the officer added.

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Swift police action saves woman from being burned alive

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Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) A quick action by police saved a woman from being burned alive on Monday in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.

“As soon as we got to know that some people are trying to burn a woman alive at a cremation ground in Saripur village on the banks of river Sone, a police team rushed to the site and rescued her,” a police officer, Avadesh Kumar Singh, said.

Singh said a case was lodged against half-a-dozen people of her family and the police have began investigating into it.

“All accused fled the site as they saw the police team approaching them,” he said.

It was, however, not immediately known why her family members were trying to set her on fire.

The woman has been admitted to a government hospital.

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Rains turn Delhi cool, maximum temperature to fall further

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Light rains accompanied by winds on Monday turned Delhi pleasantly cool with the maximum temperature dropping to 22 degrees Celsius, against Sunday’s 28.7 degrees – warmest January day since 2012.

“At Safdarjung, Delhi recorded 1.2 mm of rainfall on Monday. This kind of weather will continue to bring down the maximum and increase minimum temperatures in Delhi by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius for the next 2-3 days,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

On Tuesday, he said, the national capital will again witness light rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and gusty winds. “This will further bring down the maximum temperature to 20 degrees Celsius. However, the minimum is likely to remain at 11 degrees,” the official said.

As per the IMD, this sudden change in the weather is owing to two western disturbances over the northern hills and its induced cyclonic circulation over the northwestern plains which is expected to remain till the end of the week.

In terms of pollution, the authorities have forecast an improvement in Delhi’s air quality from “very poor” to “poor” by Wednesday.

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

“A significant improvement is expected further as there is an appreciable increase in the wind speed to 4.6 kmph from Sunday’s 2.8 kmph. Due to the predicted rainfall, air quality is likely to improve to ‘poor’ levels by Wednesday,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research said in its daily pollution analysis.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Faridabad at 319, Ghaziabad at 375, Greater Noida at 357 and Noida at 352 also improved to “very poor”. Gurugram, on the other hand, recorded “poor” quality of air.

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