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Orissa Private Discoms gets 30% power tariff hike

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ORISSAElectricity consumers in Orissa would now have to pay more with the Orissa Electicity Regulatory Commission (OERC) recommending a hike in tariff by around 30 per cent, official sources said.OERC issued notifications asking the private distribution companies to implement new power tariff from April 1, the sources said. Eventhough, Orissa privatised the power sector, their power tariff is now among the highest in the country.

Under the new plan, the power tariff will remain unchanged for the first 100 units of consumption. Between 100 units to 200 units, the rate has been increased from Rs2.30 to Rs3.10 per unit. For consumption above 200 units, the rate has gone up from Rs3.10 to Rs4.10, the notification said.

Howver, the energy charge for agriculture and allied sectors remained unaltered at Rs 1.10 per unit, the notification said.

Though there had been no change in the fixed charges under High Tension (HT) and Extra High Tension (EHT) categories, energy charge was up by around 30%.

Consumption beyond 300 units would now cost Rs5.60 per unit.

Stating that there was necessicity of increasing the power tariff, the OERC pointed out that price of raw materials for generation of electricity like coal and oil had gone up many times during last 10 years.

"The state government will examine the power tariff hike before implementing it on April 1," enegry minister Atanu S Nayak said.

Source- DNA

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