Cut down power use if you can't afford high bills: Sheila Dikshit

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 15:49 hrs

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday urged people to reduce their electricity consumption if they cannot afford high power bills.

"If any family feels that electricity bill is out of their income (limit) and can't bear it, then use one bulb instead of two. In place of two fans or coolers use one," Dikshit said here at a political rally.

The chief minister also said consumers should not expect low power bills if their usage was high.

"If you use electricity for 24 hours, you will not pay the bill only for five hours," she said.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal recently accused Dikshit of conniving with private power distribution companies and not allowing a cut in electricity tariff.

He claimed that when a former electricity regulator tried to reduce tariff, power companies "went running" to the Delhi government in 2010 and Dikshit ordered that the power rates should not be lowered.

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