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Electricity tariff hiked in Bihar

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BiharThe Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) on 30-03-2012 approved 12.1% increase in overall tariff rate which will yield an additional revenue of Rs 348.06 crore to the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB). BERC has allowed an increase of only 10 paise per unit for the first 300 units of power consumed by domestic consumers from April 1 on single phase and three-phase power connection. For power consumption above 300 units, an increase of 20 paise per unit has been allowed.

The power tariff for industrial consumers has been raised, on an average, by 50 paise per unit. Reacting to it, Sanjeev Chaudhary, S K Patwari and Umesh Poddar, all industrialists who were present at the BERC office on Friday, said the hike was quite high and would affect industries in Bihar.

BERC has, however, retained the existing tariff under the Kutir Jyoti scheme for BPL families, agriculture and other rural consumers. Giving this information, BERC chairman U N Panjiar said, "BERC has tried to protect the revenue interest of BSEB and at the same time ensured that consumers are not subjected to high tariff increase."

He said a 10% premium on energy charge has been allowed for providing almost 24-hour power supply. Consumers' complaints would also be attended round-the-clock in notified areas with provision of change of transformers.

The existing provision of 10-day grace period for realization of delayed payment surcharge has been retained, Panjiar said, adding that the BERC had rejected the proposal of BSEB to withdraw it. The existing rate of rebate for timely payment and the rate of delayed payment surcharge have been retained.

The BERC allowed BSEB only 27% transmission and distribution loss against 42% sought by it. The regulator approved a revenue gap of Rs 841.17 crore, of which Rs 683.90 crore would be met by state government subsidy.

Source- Times of India


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