HYDROPOWER TO COST MORE IN UT­TARAK­HAND

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In a jolt to power con­sumers, the Ut­tarak­hand govern­ment has cleared a hike in power tar­iff in the hill state, an of­fi­cial has said. He said the new govern­ment has given the green sig­nal to change the pa­ram­e­ters of roy­alty and cess levied on the nine big hydropower projects in the state which pro­duce 1,252 mw of elec­tric­ity.

The power tar­iff on elec­tric­ity pro­duced from these projects cost­ing Rs 2 per unit till now will have a cess of 30 paise and a roy­alty of 10 paise per unit.

This is likely to af­fect over 20 lakh sub­scribers in the state. The govern­ment has said projects which can levy the new tar­iff have to be at least ten years old.

Nine hydropower projects come un­der this am­bit while the nine-year-old Manerb­hali project is out of it. The de­ci­sion has been rat­i­fied by Chief Min­is­ter Triven­dra Singh Rawat-led cab­i­net, an of­fi­cial said.

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