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Karnataka- Power tariff set for steep hike

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KarnatakaCome December, Karnataka power consumers may have to shell out more for electricity if the tariff hike proposal is accepted. The Electricity Supply Companies (Escoms) have mooted an average increase of 75 paise per unit of power. They filed the tariff petition with the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in August.

Bescom notified the tariff application on 22-09-2010. Citizens can start filing objections and though the last date for this is not specified, as per rules, we get 30 days to challenge it.

In the minimum slab for people consuming up to 50 units of energy, Bescom proposed a hike of 12.88%. In other words, if your power bill is now Rs 295, it could be Rs 333 after tariff revision.

KERC chairman MR Sreenivasa Murthy told TOI that KERC will soon upload the proposed tariff to its website. KERC secretary Shaik Ahmed on Wednesday said public hearing will be held in November first week. It'll take 15 days to complete the public hearing and an order could be passed by November end.

Shocked over the proposed hike, Sridhar Prabhu, an advocate in the power sector, said this is yet another jolt to consumers. "There has been a hike in power tariff every year. This is unprecedented, unjustified and totally unwarranted for," he said.

He added, "Every year, the books on tariff application should be made available to the public by the KERC. This time, it hasn't been done. KERC must provide the books and also publish it on its website. The hearing should be fixed only 30 days from the date it's posted on the website and people start buying books," he said.

Source- Times of India


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