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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

BEST plans power-tariff shock for island city

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 09, 2013
First Published: 02:05 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 02:05 IST(9/5/2013)

Residents of the island city are in for a major power hike in the next three years.

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Not only will they have to shell out more for energy cost per unit, the fixed/demand charges, but also for the loss that the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking incurs in the transport business.

On Wednesday, the BEST proposed 5-20% increase in energy charges (cost per unit of power) and a hefty hike of up to 67% in fixed charges. In addition, consumers will continue to pay transport deficit loss recovery charge of up to Rs3.16 per unit consumed every month till 2015-16. This charge will vary with according to the consumer category and monthly power consumption.

In some cases, increase of up to 50% in demand charge - levy for ensuring uninterrupted supply - has also been demanded.

BEST made its three-year proposal public on Wednesday for consumers to review. The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) will hear all parties, including the consumers, on June 14 and will determine the new tariff, based on suggestions and objections.

Justifying the demand, BEST said the proposal was targeted at recovering the overall revenue requirement. 

Consumers who use up to 500 units per month may expect some relief in 2014-15 as BEST has not asked for hike in fixed charges.


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