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Odisha- Stay on domestic power tariff hike till HC verdict

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OdishaThe Odisha electricity regulatory commission (OERC) has decided to wait for the high court verdict on implementation of tariff on domestic users, but has chosen to go ahead with its order on other consumers, including industries. The OERC had slapped an average of 19.74% higher tariff for all categories of consumers in March last year, effective from April 1. The rise in case of domestic consumers, numbering over 22 lakh, was nearly 40%. Consumers, already reeling under spiraling inflation, went to high court seeking justice. While the HC put interim stay on the implementation of the new tariff for domestic consumers, industries went to the Appellate Tribunal in New Delhi.

OERC sources said it had computed the energy tariff and cross-subsidy for 2011-12 for all categories of consumers on the basis of average cost of supply, as laid down in the National Tariff Policy. "However, the tribunal in its orders of May and September respectively had ordered the commission to re-determine the tariff for 2010-11 and 2011-12 on the basis of voltage-wise cost of supply by November 30," an OERC release issued here said.

The OERC said it would go by the Appellate Tribunal order, but expressed its 'inability to implement the revised tariff orders as the Orissa high court has imposed a stay on the domestic energy tariff for year 2011-12'. "The LT domestic consumers will continue to pay energy tariff at the existing rate, while all other categories of consumers will pay energy tariff as per the revised rates," it clarified.

Power demand in Odisha this year is expected to be around 15,000 million units. This includes 3,000 million units by the domestic sector, followed by 5,000 million units by the commercial sector and the rest by industries.

Source- Times of India


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