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Power tariff to go up in Himachal

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HimachalDomestic consumers, including the BPL families, in Himachal Pradesh would have to pay more for electricity with the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) announcing revised tariff for 2011-12 to bridge revenue gap of Rs 227.88 crore. The tariff for domestic consumers has been increased by 28 paise per unit and the slabs for differential power tariff have been reduced while the fixed consumer services charges for BPL consumers have been fixed at Rs 10 and for other consumers increased from Rs 25 to Rs 30 per month. The lowest tariff slab has been reduced from 50 units to 40 units and the tariff has been hiked from Rs 1.80 per unit to Rs 2.10 per unit for BPL and Rs 2.20 per unit to Rs 2.50 per unit for others. The 150-300 unit slabs has been lowered to 125- 250 units and tariff has been kept at Rs 3.45 per unit.

The tariff for consumption above 300 units has been increased by only 5 paise per unit. There is no increase in tariff for Non-Domestic Non Commercial supply, Street lighting, Commercial supply and Small industry supplies in 0-20 kW load group. The charges for industry with 20 to 100 Km units have been increased from Rs 3.05 per unit to Rs 3.30 per unit and fixed customer services charges from Rs 120 to Rs 150 per month.

The impact of increase of 15 paise energy charges in 0-40 unit slab would be only Rs 4 to Rs 6 per month per consumer and increase of 30 paise increase in 0-125 slab would burden the consumers by Rs 20 per month, taking mean consumption of 67 units, a spokesman of SERC said. The Government has been subsidising the domestic consumers from power tariff hike and if the government subsidy continues to burden on government would increase substantially.

Source- IBN Live


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