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9% hike for domestic consumers as MERC clears power tariff revision proposal

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2012 00:31 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

As a domestic consumer, you will end paying about 9% more for your monthly power bill if you are residing in eastern suburbs of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai or rest of Maharashtra where electricity is supplied by state run Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).

State power regulator Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on Thursday passed an order revising the tariff of MSEDCL.

This means average domestic consumer would end up spending about Rs 300 more on power consumption from this month itself.

Besides this, the fixed charge on power has also been hiked across categories. For domestic users, the hike is by Rs 10 for single phase and Rs 30 for three-phase connection. Industrial units will now have to shell out Rs 7.68 for per unit of power, 51 paise up from Rs 7.17 paid earlier.

However, in a bid to encourage small commercial activities, and professional set ups, the commission has introduced a provision that allows light tension commercial and industrial consumers consuming less than 300 units of power per month to avail the tariff of residential users. The MERC order said that this stands to benefit 3.5 lakh consumers to get affordable power supply.

The commission has also formed a new category called public services across high and light tension users, which will be applicable for hospitals, educational institute, police stations, fire service stations etc, where the average billing rate is much lower than the commercial rate.

The off peak rebate for night consumption for industries for supply from 10 pm to 6 am, has also been increased from 85 paise to 100 paise.

The tariff revision order was granted in response to application filed by MSEDCL, which had sought an increase of 17.68 %, showing revenue gap of Rs 7.623 crore. The state regulator approved a revenue gap of Rs 6,921 crore for the state company reducing the hike marginally.

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), the state energy regulator on Thursday passed an order, revising tariff for 2012-13 for Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) consumers, allowing an overall increase in average tariff of 16.48%.