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MP power companies seek 25 per cent hike in tariff

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MPMore than 64 lakh domestic consumers may get a shock in the coming summer as the three distribution companies (discoms) running into whopping Rs 9,000 crores loss have petitioned Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) seeking 20-25 per cent rise in electricity charge. Already, MP is among seven states of country were the electricity tariff is at a much higher side, a top energy department official said. In Rajasthan, the power tariff has shot up by 20 per cent last month, an indication that all isn't good for the state's consumers, he added.

The discoms-MP Central, Eastern and Western-have filed annual revenue requirements (ARR) of Rs 24,000 crore for 2012-13 along with tariff proposal seeking 20-25 per cent hike for the next fiscal with MPERC.

Last time round, the three discoms have submitted ARR of more than Rs 17,337 crore and sought a hike of 25 per cent to meet it 2011-12. However, Commission allowed a rise of 6.14 per cent for meeting the ARR of Rs 12,444 crore. MPERC allowed the tariff rise on May 23 which became effective in June this year.

MPERC has admitted the discoms tariff proposal and is going to kick start the process of hearing before allowing the hike likely to be effective from April one next year, officials said. "We go through tariff petitions seeking rise threadbare and hold public hearings before drawing any conclusion, a MPERC official said.

Right now a domestic consumer has to pay Rs 3.30 per unit up to 50 units power consumption, Rs 373 per unit for 51 to 100 units power usage, Rs 4.60 for 101 to 200 unit consumption and Rs 4.80 for more than 200 unit power usage monthly, they added.

In 2010- 11 Financial year , domestic consumers paid Rs 3.15 for electricity consumption up to 50 unit power consumption, Rs 3.60 for power usage of 51 to 100 units and Rs 4. 35 for the power consumption of power consumption of 100 to 200 units and Rs 4.50 for power consumption of more than 200 units, officials said.

Source- Times of India


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