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Tariff hike fails to shock consumers

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Tariff hikeThe tariff shock has not cured average Malayali's 'power' syndrome. Statistics available with Kerala State Electricity Board shows that power consumption has gone up despite a 30% hike in tariff. A day after the tariff hike, the state consumed half a million more units. Consumers across the state had used 55.53 million units on July 25, a day before the hike. The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission revised tariff on July 26 and consumption level crept to 55. 64 mu on that day. It further jumped to 56.24 mu the next day — July 27.

For the last few days, KSEB had purposefully reduced the power generation at its hydel units in view of the near drought situation across the state.

Meanwhile, top officials in the board have ruled out any decision on the part of the KSEB management to introduce power restrictions, including power cut in view of the acute power shortage due to the loss of monsoon rains.

"We have not yet recommended load shedding. Now, the crisis is more connected with money than power. KSEB can provide power by running all of its thermal stations in full capacity. But cost of this power would come around Rs 10 per unit. If consumers are willing to pay additional amount for the power KSEB generates from thermal stations, the question of power cut or restrictions doesn't arise at all", said one of the members of Kerala State Electricity Board.

Source- TOI



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