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Unprecedented power tariff hike sought for rural consumers in Uttar Pradesh

The average electricity tariff hike sought is 22.66% for all sectors.

lucknow Updated: Aug 09, 2017 13:45 IST
HT Correspondent
As per rules, the power regulator is supposed to announce the new tariff within 120 days of admission of the proposal.
As per rules, the power regulator is supposed to announce the new tariff within 120 days of admission of the proposal.

The UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) on Tuesday filed a proposal seeking an unprecedented increase in power tariff of rural domestic consumers and farmers.

However, the average electricity tariff hike sought is 22.66% for all sectors.

As per rules, the power regulator is supposed to announce the new tariff within 120 days of admission of the proposal.

In its proposal submitted to the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), the UPPCL has sought 260% to 350% increase in the current electricity tariff in respect of unmetered rural domestic consumers and 150% hike for metered rural domestic consumers for the year 2017-18.

It has also sought 60% increase for farmers’ unmetered tubewells.

As for urban domestic consumers, the UPPCL has proposed an average 12% increase electricity tariff depending on their monthly power consumption. No tariff hike has been proposed in respect of small and heavy industries. The proposed hike for commercial consumers is around 15%.

The proposal has drawn flak from president of UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad Awadhesh Verma, who said the proposal, if accepted, would take the villages back to the lantern age.

He met UPERC chairman Desh Deepak Verma and requested him to reject the proposal. “The proposed hike for rural domestic consumers is unprecedented in the state’s history,” he said.

Category-wise, the power corporation has proposed that the existing tariff of Rs 180 per KW per month be raised to Rs 650 per KW per month for unmetered rural domestic consumers using a load of up to 2 KW. For consumers using a power connection of more than 2 KW load, the current tariff of Rs 200 per KW per month has been sought to be increased to Rs 800 per KW per month.

A hefty hike has also been proposed for metered rural domestic consumers as well. Presently, such consumers are charged at the rate of Rs 50 per KW per month and Rs 2.20 per unit electricity consumption charges.

The new proposal seeks to charge them Rs 85 per KW as fixed monthly charges and Rs 4.40 per unit on power consumption up to 150 units a month and Rs 4.95 per unit on monthly consumption between 151 units and 300 units. The rate will be even higher at Rs 6.20 per unit on power consumption exceeding 500 units a month.

The current tariff of Rs 100 per Bhp per month has been sought to be increased to Rs 150 per Bhp in case of unmetered private rural tubewells.

In case of urban domestic consumers, the UPPCL has proposed an increase in the monthly fixed charged from Rs 90 to Rs 100 per KW per month and unit charges from Rs 4.40 per unit to Rs 4.90 per unit on consumption of first 150 units a month; from Rs 4.95 per unit to Rs 5.40 per unit on consuming 151-300 units, and from Rs 6.20 per unit to Rs 6.70 per unit on power consumed beyond 500 units.

The metered urban commercial consumers (shops etc) which are charged at the rate of Rs 7.75 per unit are now proposed to be charged Rs 8 per unit on units consumed between 301-1000.