NEW DELHI: Delhiites will have to cough up more for electricity from February 1 as the three power companies have increased the surcharge. The move came even as Anil Ambani-backed BSES warned the Delhi government of 8-10 hours power cuts a day beginning Saturday citing funds crunch.

The power firms have a running grouse that they are losing thousands of crores because they are forced to provide electricity at below-market rates. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal retaliated by accusing the power companies of trying to “blackmail” the government by threatening power cuts, and warned them of strict action, including possible cancellation of licenses. The Chief Minister also said Tatas and Ambanis, who run the three electricity distribution firms in Delhi, were not the only companies in the country and the government was willing to bring in new players.

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