Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has approved revised power tariff for all supply companies in the State for the financial year 2013-14. Tariffs for commercial and industrial consumers across the State has been increased by 25 paise per unit. The revised tariff will be effective May 1.
The revised rates for LT industrial units in Bangalore will be Rs 4.45 per unit for the first 500 units and Rs 5.45 per units for consumption above 500 units. In other areas, the new rates will be Rs 4.25 per unit for the first 500 units, Rs.4.95 per unit for consumption from 501 to 1000 units and Rs.5.25 per unit for consumption above 1000 units.
For LT commercial units, the new tariff in urban areas including Bangalore and other city corporation areas will be Rs.6.45 per unit for the first 50 units and Rs.7.45 per unit for consumption beyond 50 units. In the rural areas, the new rates will be Rs.5.95 per unit for the first 50 units and Rs.6.95 per unit for consumption beyond 50 units.
For HT commercial users, in Bangalore and other city corporation areas, the new tariff will be Rs.6.95 per unit for the first 2 lakh units of consumption and Rs.7.25 per unit for consumption beyond 2 lakh units. In all other areas, the new rates will be Rs.6.75 and Rs.7.05 respectively.
For the HT industrial users in BBMP and other City Municipal Corporation areas, the new tariff will be Rs.5.35 per unit for the first one lakh units and Rs.5.75 per unit for consumption beyond one lakh units. In all other areas, the new rates will be Rs.5.35 and Rs.5.65 respectively.
The Commission in its previous tariff order had decided to introduce a mechanism for collection of fuel cost adjustment from consumers. Accordingly, the Commission has notified the Regulations in the Official Gazette on 22nd March 2013 and the levy of these charges will come into force from 1st July 2013.
The average tariff increase approved by the KERC amounts to 23 paise per unit ranging from 20 paise to 30 paise per unit for different categories of consumers.
This is against the 70 paise per unit increase sought by the ESCOMs uniformly for all the categories of consumers other than IP set users and Bhagya Jyothi and Kuteer Jyothi beneficiaries.
The lowest tariff increase of 20 paise a unit is approved for domestic consumers for the monthly consumption of less than 100 units. For consumption exceeding 100 units, the increase will be 25 paise per unit.
The revised tariff for domestic consumers in urban areas will be Rs.2.50 per unit up to 30 units, Rs.3.70 per unit for consumption between 31 and 100 units, Rs.4.85 per unit for consumption between 101 and 200 units and Rs.5.85 per unit for consumption beyond 200 units per month.
For domestic consumers in rural areas, the revised rates will be Rs.2.40 per unit up to 30 units, Rs.3.40 per unit between 31 and 100 units, Rs.4.55 per unit between 101 and 200 units and Rs.5.35 per unit for consumption beyond 200 units per month.
For residential apartments under HT category, the tariff has been increased from Rs.4.70 to Rs.4.90 per unit.