The city residents should brace themselves for higher traffis with the UT electricity department submitting a proposal for enhancement in the existing tariffs.
The electricity department has proposed hikes in different slabs of domestic and commercial categories. The proposal has been submitted before the joint electricity regulatory commission (JERC) and the administration can implement the new rates only after getting the approval from the commission. The administration had last increased the traffic in April 2012.
In the domestic category, the electricity department has proposed a hike from Rs 2.30 to Rs 3.50 in the slab of 0-150 units while in the slab of 150-400 units, increase from Rs 4.20 to Rs 5.20 has been proposed.
In the commercial category, Rs 4.30 to Rs 5 in the slab between 0-150, Rs 4.50 to Rs 6.25 in the slab of 150-400 and Rs 4.70 to Rs 7 in slab above 400 units has been proposed. In the agricultural category, a hike from Rs 2.30 to Rs 3.5 has been proposed.
While giving reason for the proposed hike, UT superintending engineer MP Singh that there has suffered losses in tune to Rs 344 crore since year 2011-2012.
The department faced a loss of Rs 154 crore in the financial year 2011-2012, which came down to Rs 87 crore in the next fiscal year. The projected loss is expected to go up to Rs 102 crore in the year 2013-2014.
The power requirement of the city is met through central generating power stations (CGS) of NTPC, NHPC and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) as determined by the government. Last summer, the city suffered frequent breakdowns and residents faced tough time as a result. The maximum peak load of Chandigarh is about 363 MW while is projected at a maximum of 439 MW by 2016-17.
Current and proposed rates:
0-150 units: existing Rs 2.30; proposed Rs 3.50
150-400 units: existing: Rs 4.20; proposed: 5.20
Above 400 units: existing Rs 4.40 proposed Rs 6.00
0-150 units: existing Rs 4.30; proposed Rs 5
150-400 units: existing: Rs 4.50; proposed: 6.25
Above 400 units: existing Rs 4.70 proposed Rs 7.00