Below poverty line consumers would continue to get power at old rates of 70 paisa per unit and tariff for agriculture LT category consumers would remain unchanged at 50 paisa per unit, the CM said. Tariff for street lighting, commercial supply and small industries would also not be affected, he added.
An increase of Rs 200 crore for meeting increased employee costs of HP State Electricity Board (HPSEB) and an additional Rs 200 crore spent for buying merchant power to meet winter shortages made the electricity regulatory commission recommend atariff increase in its order. It is for the second consecutive year that tariff has been increased, which would fetch Rs 227 crore additional revenue for HPSEB.
The commission in its order had reduced the subsidy for BPL families from 50 to 40 units and increased tariff from Rs 1.80 to Rs 2.10 per unit. Based on power usage, four rates had been proposed for domestic consumer categories by the regulatory commission.
Source- Times of India