NEW DELHI: After subsidised power connections to the capital’s gaushalas, now Ramlila events in Delhi will enjoy cheaper power as per the new orders of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).
Ramlila has been included in the category of religious functions for the first time. With this, all Ramlila events will be given domestic connections, thus reducing their power expenses by 50 per cent. A total of 700 Ramlila functions are organised by various trade unions, business and social groups every year. The events will start from September 21 and the guidelines will come into effect from September1.
Not happy with the decision, Mahendra Nagpal, organising member of Ashok Vihar Ramlila 20, said, “The decision of the DERC might help some but most organisers like us will have to suffer as we have been asked to deposit a sum of `15 lakh as safety deposit before the event.”
The BSES, which provides electricity to Delhi, has denied these claims. “A safety deposit is definitely asked for, but it is minimal,” a BSES official said.