Consumers will have to pay more for electricity in Haryana.
Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the two state-owned power distribution companies, have imposed fuel surcharge of 34 paise per unit on domestic, non-domestic, bulk supply and industrial consumers to meet the rising cost of their power purchases in the state.
While the consumers in the agriculture sector have been spared yet again from the fuel surcharge adjustment (FSA), it is the second hike in electricity for other power consumers in the current financial year. The domestic consumers were particularly hit due to rate hike and changes in "telescopic slabs" from April 1 this year. The power rates have gone up by more than a third in the past two-and-a-half years for consumers of most categories.
The FSA to be recovered from the consumers between July and September 2013 ranges from 77 per unit to 132 paise per unit for consumers of different categories after the latest increase on account of the first quarter of the current year, according to a sales circular sent by UHBVN to all its field units on July 4. The surcharge is levied in addition to basic tariff, fixed charges, electricity duty and meter charges etc.
While the regulations permit the discoms to levy surcharge on a quarterly basis for recovery of a part of the actual expenditure incurred on buying power over and above the purchase cost allowed by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) on a projected basis, the power utilities have made it a routine affair. The FSA is being levied quarter after quarter without properly informing the consumers, who get to know about these charges from their electricity bills.