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Dept’s plea for 21% power tariff hike rejected

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has turned down the UT electricity department’s proposal to hike tariffs 21%, submitted on January 21.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 12, 2014 09:51 IST
Vinod Kumar

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has turned down the UT electricity department’s proposal to hike tariffs 21%, submitted on January 21.

“Keeping in mind the approved aggregate revenue requirement for 2014-15 and the reviewed gap of 2013-14, the commission is of the view that there is Rs 74.89 crore surplus, so there is no need to revise tariff.”

UT superintending engineer MP Singh said: “The JERC has raised objections as the department failed to get a commercial audit done.”

In the domestic category, the electricity department had proposed a hike from Rs 2.30 to Rs 2.78 in the slab of 0-150 units, while in the slab of 151-400 units, increase from Rs 4.20 to Rs 4.60 was proposed. In the commercial category, Rs 4.30 to Rs 4.70 in the slab between 0-150, Rs 4.50 to Rs 5.30 in the slab of 151-400 and Rs 4.70 to Rs 5.70 in slab above 400 units was proposed.

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