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Home News Power Sector News UPERC hikes power tariff by 13.2 pc - Domestic tariff from Rs 3.45/unit

UPERC hikes power tariff by 13.2 pc - Domestic tariff from Rs 3.45/unit

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UPUP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) announced the hike in power tariff for various categories of consumers. The new tariff would come into force seven days after the state government declares it through a public notice. The domestic consumers in the cities like Lucknow and Kanpur were required to pay at the rate of Rs 3.30 per unit on consumption of over 200 Kwh. This has now been increased to Rs 3.80 per unit. On consumption of less than 200 Kwh, the charge stands modified as Rs 3.45 per unit as compared to Rs 3 earlier. Fixed charges, too, have been increased from Rs 60 to Rs 65.

Interestingly, while the commission maintained that the hike has been on an average of 13.2 per cent, a simple calculation shows that the hike for metered consumers is over 15 per cent (15.15 per cent, to be precise). This is apart from around eight per cent hike in the fixed charges. This is going to affect the consumers essentially living in the cities like Lucknow and Agra, which are in the category of receiving 24 hours power supply.

The only sop is for consumers who use air-conditioners. The special tariff for AC loads charges have been withdrawn. Commercial establishments will have to shell out at the rate of Rs 4.95 as against the present Rs 4.30 per unit.

Even the fixed charges for rural supply too have been raised. The unmetered power supply which earlier came at Rs 110 has now been raised to Rs 125 per month. People living below poverty line (BPL), thankfully, have been left untouched.

UPERC secretary Arun Srivastava said that revision of power tariff was always on the cards. The commission, sources said, has been mulling over the decision for the past two months. It was under pressure to declare the new tariff plan, but had been refraining from it following objections filed by a consumer organisation, which claimed that the corporation had not prepared a balance sheet.

The tariff plan was earlier put forth before the Energy Task Force (ETF) headed by the chief secretary. The recommendations were thus put before the commission for scrutiny, which finally gave its nod to the hike on Thursday.

The commission maintained that the tariff has been proposed keeping in view the existing revenue recovery, which is Rs 13,870 crore, as against the approved revenue recovery target of Rs 15,703 crore. The commission had been dissatisfied with the present revenue realisation by the power corporation.

Interestingly, the decision to hike the power tariff comes on the day when power distribution network of Agra was handed over to Torrent even as thousands of engineers of UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) went on to stage a work boycott.

Meanwhile, UP Rajya Upbhogta Parishad, an association of consumers, termed the order as ‘‘one-sided’’. President of association, Avdhesh Verma said that the commission ignored the objections filed by the consumers completely. The association demanded the matter to be put forth in the state advisory council (SAC).

The commission, meanwhile, approved distribution losses at 21.27% for the financial year 2009-10. Various distribution companies had been pressing the commission to approve the distribution losses at 22.32 per cent. It also approved intra-state transmission losses for UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL) at 4 per cent.

Source - Times of India

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