NEW DELHI: As increasing power outages made summer a nightmare for Delhi’ites, the Arvind Kejriwal government issued a scathing letter to industrialist Anil Ambani over what it called the poor performance of power discom BSES.
In the letter — tweeted by the Aam Aadmi Party’s official handle — Delhi Power minister Satyendra Jain demanded that Mr Ambani meets him immediately with a “concrete roadmap” on how he “plans to improve the situation”.
Last week, the letter said, had witnessed “unprecedented outages” even though enough power was available. This, the letter said, was due to local faults and things have not improved despite repeated complaints.
Warning that the government might consider “strong action”, the letter read, “You might have had a cosy relationship with previous Governments in Delhi at the expense of public interest, kindly note that the new Government is fully committed to protecting the interests of the public”.
Accusing BSES engineers of incompetence or negligence, the letter further said, “There are also allegations of corruption and financial irregularities including siphoning off funds by your companies”.
“Performances of BSES so far have been atrocious… The expectation was that you will bring down tariffs and install a world class power system in the capital city of Delhi, which would compare better than power system in any other capital in the world. However, you have failed to do so.”