Power is likely to be costlier for than 15 lakh consumers of seven districts in Jharkhand where Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) supplies electricity.
DVC has proposed the Jharkhand State Power Regulatory Commission (JSPRC) to enhance tariff from this month. The Commission will decide the tariff in a meeting of all stakeholders including DVC, Jharkhand Bijili Vitaran Nigam Limited and commercial consumers scheduled on March 6 at Maithon ( Dhanbad).
A senior official of DVC Maithon on Wednesday said that coal price has increased many folds in last five years. “Therefore, increase in tariff has become essential to maintain generation. The tariff was increased last time in 2012,” he said.
At present DVC supplies power to Jharkhand Bijili Vitaran Nigam at Rs 5. 2 per unit
As per Electrification Regulatory Act, power generation company and Distribution Company both have right to send proposal to Commission for enhancement of power tariff. The Commission after holding public hearing of all stakeholders would fix the rate. A retired judge of High Court is chairman of Commission.
As per agreement with Jharkhand government, DVC supplies power directly to seven districts of North Chhotanagpur Division including Hazaribagh, Chatra, Ramgarh, Koderma, Bokaro, Dhanbad and Giridih
The sources in commercial department of DVC said that in proposal to Regulatory Commission company has proposed enhancement of Rs 1.50 to Rs 2 per unit. “ We have submitted our proposal reports to Commission for perusal”, now it would have to decide’, said the official who did not wish to be named as only commercial head Amitabh Nayak , who lives at Kolkata headquarters is entitled to talk with media persons.
According to executive engineer Jharkhand Urja Vikash Nigam Limited Asgar Ali Ansari at present Bijili Vitaran Nigam Limited purchases power from DVC at rate of Rs 5.2 per unit and supplies to consumers in seven districts at rate of Rs 2.30 and Rs 3.25 respectively.
The managing director (MD) of Jharkhand Bijili Vitaran Nigam Limited Rahul Purwar admitted that DVc has proposed for enhancement of tariff.