ULTAPULTA
Power games
Jaspal Bhatti

MY son suddenly declared that he wanted to shift to Delhi. When I asked him the reason, he said, "Delhi is a fast city". "Yes, electricity metres run very fast in Delhi", I tried to respect his opinion. He said annoyingly, "How can the speed of an electricity metre determine the pace of a city".

I replied, "The Capital has more discs, night clubs, and huge entertainment centres where they use lot of flickering and flashing lights throughout the night which accelerates the metres."

My son thought about it for a second and asked, "Why then are the consumers in Delhi agitated over the pace of electricity metres?" I explained to him that it was more of a game of politics between Sheila Dikshit, her opponents and the distribution companies." My son was not satisfied with my "gole mole" reply. He wanted me to give reason for increasing the tariff when Delhiites were already agitating over the erratic power supply. I told him that when something is in short supply, its price must be increased so that the public does not overuse it.

"But the public is coming to the streets. Donít you think that it is time to constitute a committee to consider the rollback", he gave his opinion. I said, "The Delhi Government has already decided to take back the tariff increase, but for the permanent solutions to check the over-speeding electricity metres, they should hire some experts."

"How wonderful itíll be if they take some auto-rickshaw drivers on its advisory board? Because then the metres will be ever stationary", he suggested.

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