Residents and workers of various political parties are up in arms after the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) increased tariff by up to 13%. They have demanded the commission to roll back the hike immediately.
The rates have been revised for the fourth time in the past one year.
Political parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Lok Dal, Haryana Janhit Congress have condemned the increase in rates. Workers of various parties staged protests in the city, demanding rollback. “We condemn the hike and want an immediate rollback,” said Mangat Ram Bagri, a BJP councillor.
The move comes in the wake of losses incurred by Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN). Besides, unfulfilled demands of consumers living in licensed (privately developed) colonies where developers have taken bulk connection to set up power stations have also lead to the hike.
“The builders have taken bulk connections, which means that we will have to pay at least 15% more, besides the service tax,” said TN Kaul, a resident of Ardee City.
“The increase is unjustified. It is the unilateral decision of HERC bureaucrats. They are not at all concerned about the public,” said Col Ratan Singh, chairman Jafra.
Many others like Kaul and Singh shared similar sentiments.
“The commission kept the residents of Gurgaon in dark. It increased the tariff without consulting us. We want immediate rollback, else we will take to streets,” said RS Rathee, president Gurgaon Citizens’ Council.
The hike will severely hit consumers falling under the second unit slab. Most domestic consumers fall under this category and will have to pay around R5 per unit.
In the revised tariff, the commission has made two slabs based on consumption.
A consumer who uses less than 100 units in two months will have to pay R2.98/unit for the first 40 units and R4.75/unit for the remaining 60.