Megha­laya power tar­iff hike ap­proved

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The Megha­laya State Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (MSERC) has re­port­edly ap­proved a 15 per cent hike in power tar­iffs, re­ject­ing the state govern­ment’s pro­posal for a whop­ping 89 per cent in­crease in elec­tric­ity rates. “The Com­mis­sion has ap­proved an aver­age in­crease of about 15 per cent of the power tar­iff in the state for the cur­rent fis­cal year,” MSERC Chair­man, Anand Ku­mar was qouted as say­ing. The Com­mis­sion has also ap­proved a 13 per cent hike of power tar­iff of around 2.5 lakh do­mes­tic con­sumers while the tar­iff for 20,000 odd commercial con­sumers and 158 in­dus­trial con­sumers have been hiked by about 15 per cent. The power tar­iff for around 60,000 BPL con­sumers (Ku­tir Jy­oti me­tered con­sumers) has been raised the least with the Com­mis­sion ap­prov­ing only 12 per cent hike, he in­formed. The ap­proved in­crease in power tar­iff came into ef­fect from April 1, 2014 and will be valid till March 31, 2015. The Megha­laya Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (MePDCL) had pro­posed an in­crease of 89 per cent in a tar­iff pe­ti­tion filed be­fore the Com­mis­sion for 2014-15 to meet sky­rock­et­ing pur­chase and trans­mis­sion cost of power, pro­jected over Rs 600 crore for the cur­rent fis­cal. The fixed power charge for do­mes­tic con­sumers are said to have been raised to Rs 40 per KW per month from the ex­ist­ing Rs 35 while the fixed power charge for commercial con­sumers has been hiked by Rs 10 per KW per month from the ex­ist­ing tar­iff of Rs 70 per KW.

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