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Fact Check of Arvind Kejriwal claim that Delhi is the only city in the country to enjoy 24x7 power supply

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The claim of Arvind Kejriwal that Delhi is the only city in the country that offers 24-hours electricity supply is over exaggerated because most of the area in Delhi has to face the problem of electricity from past few years.

Delhi Cheif  Minister or Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal claimed during his Padyatra in Malviya Nagar assembly constituency with local MLA Somnath Bharati that "Delhi was the only city in the country that offers 24-hours electricity supply to all its residents". According to a tweet by Times of India "Delhi only city in the country to enjoy 24-hour power: CM Arvind Kejriwal"

  

After this many local people from a different area of Delhi react to this that they face many problems related to electricity in their area. A tweeter user name Chandrasen Maurya tweeted a post with the claim that "I do not understand I'm living in Delhi or village. A power cut is a major issue in a city like Delhi every day they cut power 10 times in a day and whenever complaint always the same issue technical fault don't understand when the problem is completely resolved. @bsesdelhi (1/2)".

Rahisuddin Rihan tweeted "@bsesdelhi No Power supply in the area of Yamuna Vihar, Delhi since last 1 hour. Many complaints have registered but the issue could not be resolved yet.".

Divye Singh, Himanshu Gupta, Virendra Samdaria have also tweeted the post with similar claims.

Dilli Tak tweeted a video in which a woman can be seen complaining about the power cut. You can see the video here: (relevant part is from 55 seconds onwards)

In this video, a woman is complaining about the issue related to short of Electricity and Water in their area from last one year. She also said that there is no electricity from last night then CM Kejriwal responds that New transformer will be installed in the area and work will be completed within a week. She responded to him by saying that you did this same promise even earlier also.

Conclusion: The claim of Arvind Kejriwal that Delhi is the only city in the country that offers 24-hours electricity supply is over exaggerated because most of the area in Delhi has to face the problem of electricity from past few years.

Mumbai gets 24x7 power supply

An article by business-standard.com tried to explain why Mumbai gets 24x7 power supply and other cities don't. We are finding it difficult to ensure 100 percent penetration of electricity across the country because the utility which is supposed to provide electricity in our homes and establishments, does not have the money to buy more power and set up new transmission lines.

State power distribution companies (discoms) across the country are saddled with cumulative loss to the tune of Rs 2 lakh crore – making it practically impossible to purchase even a single surplus unit of power or initiate any technical improvements in the power system.

Why doesn’t it have money? Because we (consumers) didn’t pay for electricity!

While in Mumbai, there are privately owned power suppliers, and residents pay whatever tariff is charged –which is revised periodically as per the cost of purchasing power. They pay to get 24X7 power supply! Even though they have private suppliers, Mumbai has faced power crisis on several occasions.

Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal is still promising free electricity.

It’s time for the states to wake up to the fact that power supply needs to be a business model, not a political agenda.

Credit: Business Standard

 

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