The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) is taking a big step forward in promoting public safety and providing immediate assistance to electrocution victims. The Kejriwal government aims to prevent electrocution accidents and compensate affected families quickly. This decision is in response to directives from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and shows the commitment of the Power Department to protect the lives of Delhi residents.
Power Minister Atishi stated that these guidelines will help state authorities and power distribution companies (DISCOMs) take proactive measures to prevent electrocution. These measures include regular inspections and removing illegal buildings and encroachments that pose a safety risk. Atishi emphasized the impact of electrocution accidents on families and assured that the Kejriwal government will support them during difficult times.
The upcoming guidelines from DERC will not only aim to prevent such incidents but also ensure that affected families receive the necessary support. They will establish a framework for substantial compensation for victims’ families. In July 2023, the department proposed issuing policy directions under Section 108 of the Electricity Act, empowering DERC to create the required regulations. The opinion of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) will also be sought for a comprehensive approach.
Power Minister Atishi expressed that the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission will diligently work with relevant stakeholders to formulate these guidelines, prioritizing the safety and well-being of Delhi’s residents.