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10% hike in Bengal power tariff

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WBSEDCLConsumers served by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL) will now pay a power tariff of Rs. 4.71 per unit - 44 paise per unit more (or 10 per cent higher) than the Rs 4.27 that they were paying till now. The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC)  upheld the State-run distribution company's claim to charge Rs. 4.71 per unit, on an average, instead of the Rs. 4.27 it had been forced to charge since March this year due to a pending litigation. The tariff petition was submitted before Ms Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance came in power in May 2011.

Till March 31, 2010, consumers served by the WBSEDCL were charged at Rs 4.27-a-unit rate. The State power distribution company, from April 1, 2010, had raised it to Rs. 4.71 a unit. The rate was in place for 11 months - from April 1, 2010 to February 28 this year.

However, following a petition by a section of consumers to the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Delhi, the State regulatory commission had ordered the distribution company to charge the previous rate till the issue was resolved. The distribution company reverted to Rs 4.27 a unit on March 1, 2011.

The revised rate will help WBSEDCL cut mounting losses.

Source- Hindu


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