Consumers in Jharkhand will have to pay a little more for their electricity bills from the next year.
The Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission approved on Tuesday an average hike of 8 to 9% in tariff rate against 40% proposed by the distribution company. The tariff will go up by 20 to 40 paisa per unit in different categories. The fixed charges will increase by Rs 3 to Rs 20.
The revised rates will be effective from January 1. Power tariff was not revised for the last three years.
Consumers in the IAS-I (irrigation and agriculture service) category will have to pay 5 paisa extra per unit. The fixed charge of IAS-II category will be Rs 300 per month (now Rs 280).
There is no increase in tariff for Kutir Jyoti consumers.
Apartments and consumers in the DSHT (Domestic Service High Tension) category will have to pay a monthly fixed charge of Rs 80 per kV and a tariff of Rs 2.80 per kilowatt.
Industries using high tension lines of 11 to 132 kV will have to bear an increased tariff of 25 to 45 paisa per unit.
The railways will have to pay 45 paisa more per unit for its overhead traction along with an increased fixed demand of Rs 235 per kVA per month.
Uploading the new tariff structure, the JSERC approved an annual revenue requirement of Rs 4,566.08 crore against the JBVNL (Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited) proposal of Rs 6,939.1 crore.
The commission has considered distribution loss of 15.5% as against JBVNL’s submission of 28%.
The JSERC directed the JVBNL to go for division-wise energy audit and submit its business plan and tariff petition on time. JVBNL has also been told to submit the final transfer scheme.
The commission directed the discom to file true-up petition for financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 (up to January 2015) for the distribution function of the erstwhile state electricity board.
The board was hived off into four companies on January 5, 2014.
Disallowing the proposed increase in delayed payment surcharge (DPS), the JSERC told JBVNL to propose innovative mechanisms like one-time settlements and fixed rate on DPS to ensure recovery of arrears pending for long.
The commission rejected the JBVNL proposal for power factor penalty (PFP), saying, “It is not in the interest of the public.”