The PSPCL authorities had sent their recommendations to Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, but the commission has allowed a hike of only 10 paise per unit. Now the consumers will have to pay a total surcharge of 14 paise on every unit they consume because of hike in the price of coal and other material used by thermal power stations.
"We had recommended a hike of 23 paise per unit after calculating our expenses. But the commission has recommended only 10 paise per unit. We are bound to implement the decision of the commission and have issued a notification in this regard," said K D Chaudhary, CMD of PSPCL. The power corporation spokesman further clarified that the hike will be applicable to all categories. For farmers, who are getting free power in Punjab, he said they would add a new hike in the subsidy bill of farmers and the state government will have to pay the same.
It's the second shock for power consumers of Punjab as in July, the commission had announced an average tariff hike of 12.08%. "The hike has exposed the anti-people face of the SAD-BJP alliance and has also pointed towards more shocks being in store for consumers," said Darshan Singh, a farmer.