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GERC hikes power tariff in Gujarat

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GERCGujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has decided to increase power tariff for consumers of state utilities and private power companies. The hike ranges between 2.63 per cent and 4.68 per cent of the current rates for different segment of consumers of power companies. GERC has allowed an average tariff hike of 13 paise per unit or 4.05 per cent of the existing tariff for the four state-owned power distribution companies.

The tariff for the consumers of Torrent Power in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar is hiked by an average of 4.68 per cent or 22 paise per unit, while in Surat the tariff is hiked by an average of 2.63 per cent or 12 paise per unit.

The company had proposed an average tariff hike of 90 paise per unit for Ahmedabad and 48 paise per unit for Surat.

The hike is considered to be moderate in the wake of the recent tariff hikes by Delhi, which hiked the tariff by 22 per cent. Rajasthan too had increased its power tariff by 20 per cent from the month of April onwards.

"The hike is moderate and would put a burden of about Rs 165 crore on the state consumers. The hike is also based on a judgement of the appellate authority to review the past hike. This added Rs 100 crore to the burden," said PK Mishra, chairman, GERC.
The rise in tariff and other charges has been allowed in residential and other categories, but not for BPL consumers and connections for agricultural purposes.

TPL has been allowed to raise per unit cost by 22 paisa in Ahmedabad and 12 paisa in Surat. The GUVNL can hike 13 paisa per unit in the state.

For residential consumers of Ahmedabad and Surat, the TPL has increased the tariff by 20 paisa per unit for monthly consumption up to 250 units. For consumption above 251 units, the hike is 5 paisa per unit more. Fixed charges stand increased by Rs 5 for single-phase consumers and by Rs 15 for three-phase consumers for residential purposes.

For non-residential consumers of TPL, tariff has been hiked by 15 paisa per unit. Fixed charges up to 5 BHP installations have been increased from Rs 20 per BHP per month to Rs 35 per KW per month. For installations above 5 BHP, the fixed charge has been increased from Rs 25 per BHP per month to Rs 45 per KW per month in Ahmedabad only. The same has been increased in Surat slightly differently.

For GUVNL residential consumers, energy rates have been increased by 15 paisa per unit for monthly consumption up to 250 units. For monthly consumption of 251 units and onwards, the increase is 5 paisa per unit.

For GUVNL non-residential consumers, energy rates have been increased by 20 paisa per unit. The existing fixed charge on the basis of per BHP per month has now been converted into per KW per month.

For institutions registered with the charity commissioner (GUVNL consumers), the energy charge has been increased by 20 paisa per unit.

Following the hike, state power utilities would have an additional revenues of over Rs 600 crore, while Torrent Power will be able to generate additional earnings to the tune of Rs 165 crore.

Source- Business standard


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