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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Gurgaon, February 05, 2013
Reeling under revenue losses to the tune of Rs. 19,000 crore, Haryana discoms have decided to reduce losses in the next three years, besides recover pending fuel surcharge adjustment (FSA) from the end users.

The state-run power utilities on Monday proposed to raise the electricity tariff in the state by 75 paise per unit from April 1.

Devender Singh, chairman and managing director of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) submitted the proposal to the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) during a public hearing on its annual revenue requirement (ARR) in Gurgaon on Monday.

While reasoning the hike, Singh said, "The discoms propose to strengthen and augment power distribution system in the state to provide reliable and qualitative power supply to all categories of consumers, to minimise complaints of consumers, to improve services and to increase the time of electricity supply."

"An investment of Rs. 2,500 crore is proposed under an ambitious plan for the entire state. A programme to strengthen power distribution system is already under execution at a cost of Rs. 500 crore which includes special maintenance and augmentation of the system," he added.

The additional expenditure is recoverable from consumers by way of fuel surcharge adjustment.

In case of delay or staggered recovery, there is a provision of holding the cost. It is levied in addition to the basic tariff, fixed charges, electricity duty, meter charges etc.

Singh said an average consumer in Haryana is paid R4.41per unit of the power consumed, Rs. 5.71 in Punjab, Rs. 5.19 in Delhi and Rajasthan, respectively, and Rs. 6.33 per unit in Maharashtra. Singh clarified that the FSA should not be mistaken as tariff hike. "We plan to make the discoms loss-free entities in the next three years when we will be able to supply 24-hour power."