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Massive power cuts but hikes no one can avoid

First the untimely, unbearable heat and now an increased power tariff, reports Peeyush Khandelwal.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2010 23:30 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times

First the untimely, unbearable heat and now an increased power tariff.

Ghaziabad and Noida will start with a hiked power tariff from Thursday with an increase of Rs 5 per unit as fixed charges per month despite having different power supply positions.

In a marginal relief to domestic consumers, the fixed charge of Rs 150 on air conditioners has been scrapped. The Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPSERC) had recently announced the hike in tariff.

As per the officials of Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), which supplies power to Ghaziabad and Noida, the increase is around 15 per cent for the domestic consumers in urban areas.

“We are paying electricity bills regularly and our area reports minimum ‘line-loss’. Why should we pay the hiked tariff? The concept of fixed charges should be scrapped. We will resort to legal action in the consumers’ interest,” said N.P. Singh from the Federation of Noida RWAs.

Consumers in Ghaziabad felt the charges are unreasonable.

“Fixed charges should be levied only when we get fixed power supply. We suffer huge power outages in Ghaziabad. The tariff should be fixed on the basis of power available to consumers. We pay the same rates as Noida even though we suffer more cuts here,” said Indirapuram RWA federation coordinator Kuldeep Saxena.

Ghaziabad RWAs claimed the city suffers from power cuts for more than 10-12 hours daily.

Power department officials confirmed that Noida, declared a 24-hour power-supply zone, receives power for around 22 hours, while Ghaziabad gets average supply for only 16-17 hours per day.

First Published: Apr 14, 2010 23:28 IST