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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused BSES discoms of trying to "blackmail" the government by threatening power cuts up to 10 hours a day, and warned them of strict action including possible cancellation of licenses.
The chief minister also said Tatas and Ambanis, who run three electricity distribution firms in Delhi, were not the only companies in the country and government was willing to bring new players.
"There are no reasons for power cuts. I want to give them a warning that if they try to create panic in future, the government will take strict action against them," Arvind Kejriwal said as Reliance Infra-backed BSES warned the government of 8-10 hours power cuts a day beginning tomorrow citing fund crunch.
Dismissing any valid reasons for such extreme steps, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said there were so many question marks over the discoms account.
"They are not cooperating in CAG audit, which raises further suspicion. The government will not keep quite. The government will not hesitate in cancelling their licences," he said while assuring the people that there was no possibility of power cuts.
"Power companies are indulging in wrong doings to create panic they are trying to blackmail us," Arvind Kejriwal said.
Referring to a meeting called by the chief secretary with power companies, Kejriwal said, "We will bring other companies. There are not only two companies in the country. Companies run by Tata and Ambanis are not the only companies. There are other companies (who can distribute power in Delhi)."
Asking discoms to refrain from the "tactics" being used by the companies to put pressure on Government, Arvind Kejriwal assured citizens that no long outages will take place.
"I want to assure Delhi citizens that nothing of that sort will happen," he said.
BSES Yamuna Power Ltd has informed Delhi Government that areas in Central and East Delhi may face eight to 10 hours of power cuts from tomorrow as the company was facing serious fund crunch to buy electricity.
In a letter to Delhi's Power Secretary Puneet Goel, BYPL sought immediate financial assistance from the government to deal with the "difficult" situation as it was not being able to make payments to various state-run power generators including NTPC and NHPC.
"In view of non-availability of cost reflective tariff for several years in the past, the revenue gap of BYPL has been mounting year on year. Up to financial year