GST shoots up new power bills

■ 1 lakh con­sumers with con­nec­tions from July 1, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2017 may get a shock

Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - KI­RAN REDDY ALTHURU | DC

Don’t be stunned if you have a new power con­nec­tion and your power bill seems un­usu­ally high this time. It has to do with a new tab, GST, that is in­cluded in the bill. Also, pay it quickly, as de­lay would mean pay­ing ex­tra 18 per cent in­ter­est on it ev­ery month.

The power depart­ment is help­less as GST is statu­tory for all con­nec­tions taken after July 1, 2017, the day GST was im­ple­mented. Some cus­tomers have got `1,080 as GST on de­vel­op­ment charges over en­ergy charges for the month. Al­most one lakh con­sumers who got new con­nec­tions be­tween July 1, 2017, and Novem­ber 30, 2017, may get such high bills.

There was a lot of con­fu­sion in many de­part­ments on when they can col­lect GST.

The Te­lan­gana State South­ern Power Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany Limited later checked and got to know that GST on de­vel­op­ment charges should be col­lected once.

Thus, TSSPDCL has be­gun levy­ing GST of 18 per cent on de­vel­op­ment charges for all new con­nec­tions from De­cem­ber 1, 2017.

Usu­ally, power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies col­lect se­cu­rity de­posit, ap­pli­ca­tion fee and de­vel­op­ment charges from new con­nec­tions. With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST there is a stat­u­ary or­der for the au­thor­i­ties to col­lect 18 per cent GST.

The con­sumer pays `1,200 for ev­ery KW and the con­nec­tion dif­fers from 1-5KW.

As TSSPDCL gives over two lakh new con­nec­tions per year, around one lakh new con­nec­tions may have been given in the said five months.

An of­fi­cial said on the con­di­tion of anonymity that GST was not col­lected for last five months, but it is now nec­es­sary for them to col­lect it. “Con­sumers should im­me­di­ately pay GST,” he said.

“If they fail to pay it now, it will be added as an ar­rear and will keep adding 18 per cent in­ter­est ev­ery month. We are help­less as this is com­pul­sory for con­nec­tions taken after GST was im­ple­mented.”

■ THE TE­LAN­GANA State South­ern Power Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany Limited later checked and got to know that GST on de­vel­op­ment charges should be col­lected once.

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