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Relief for poor in new power tariff

PROVIDING RELIEF to poorer sections of domestic category electricity consumers, the MP Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) today reduced tariffs in various domestic categories ranging from 0.7 per cent to as much as six per cent, even as it increased tariffs in the agricultural category by about 8.9 per cent and for low-tension (LT) industries by almost 4.6 per cent. The commission abolished the concept of free units for all categories.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 14:01 IST

PROVIDING RELIEF to poorer sections of domestic category electricity consumers, the MP Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) today reduced tariffs in various domestic categories ranging from 0.7 per cent to as much as six per cent, even as it increased tariffs in the agricultural category by about 8.9 per cent and for low-tension (LT) industries by almost 4.6 per cent. The commission abolished the concept of free units for all categories.

The overall increase proposed in tariff for various categories of consumers was 3.6 per cent. The MPERC has determined the retail tariff for Financial Year (FY) 06-07 by an order passed by it today. The tariff has been kept uniform throughout the State. Un-metered connections would from now on be either billed by providing individual meters or meters on distribution transformer supplying to a group of consumers.

The MPERC has introduced the concept of differential tariff for areas that are getting continuous and non-continuous supply. Areas that are getting supply on a monthly average for at least 23.30 hours per day during the month shall be
treated as getting continuous supply.

The commission has considered consumers having consumption of up to 30 units per month as weaker section of the society. For this section, tariff of Rs 2.65 per unit would be applicable on metered consumers only.

The tariff for domestic consumers consuming more than 30 but less than 50 units per month has been reduced to Rs 2.70 per unit.

The MPERC has given these categories of consumers a relief of six per cent from the tariff previously applicable on them.
The tariff for domestic consumers consuming more than 50 and up to 100 units per month has been kept at Rs 3 per unit. For consumers having monthly consumption above 100 units, the energy charge per unit shall remain unchanged at Rs 3.40 per unit.

A tariff of Rs 2.45 per unit has been kept for un-metered domestic consumers receiving supply through distribution transformer (DTR) metering. Overall reduction in this category is about 0.7 per cent.

Tariff has been rationalised for metered consumers in agricultural category. Un-metered connections shall be billed through DTR metering only. No fixed charges have been levied while the overall rise in tariff in this category is about 8.9 per
cent.

For LT industrial consumer category, the tariff remains unchanged except for reduction in fixed charges for demand-based tariff up to 100-HP category that has been reduced from Rs 160 per KW to Rs 150 per KW.

Demand-based tariff has been made mandatory for all consumers with a connected load of more than 25 HP. Sub-category for agro-based industries has been modified to cover agro-based industries in notified rural areas. Load factor concession has been introduced while overall rise in tariff in this category is about 4.6 per cent.

The concept of fixed charges has been abolished in the non-domestic category while a uniform rate of energy charges at Rs 5.80 per unit has been fixed.

The slabs across the non-domestic category have been removed for the sake of simplification. The demand-based tariff has also been abolished.

The free units concept that was prevalent for this category in the previous tariff has also been abolished and overall rise in tariff in this category is about 4.6 per cent.

In the High-Tension (HT) category of consumers, the tariff for railway traction has been reduced by about 1.1 per cent while tariff for coalmines has been reduced by 0.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, the tariff structure for industrial and non-industrial category HT consumers has been re-classified from ‘load factor based’ to ‘voltage level based’.

A load factor incentive has been introduced while the overall rise in tariff in this category is about 6.9 per cent. A steep rise of 25.7 per cent has been introduced in the tariff for bulk residential users in HT category. Similarly, a hike of 19.5 percent has been introduced in the HT irrigation and water works category.