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Karnataka increases power tariff by 8%

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on January 27, 2018

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KERC allows ‘telescopic tariff’ for domestic consumers



The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has allowed an average tariff increase of 53 paise per unit (ranging from 20 paise to 55 paise per unit, including fuel adjustment charges of 5 paise per unit) for all the categories of consumers.

The Commission has also allowed a marginal increase in fixed cost in the range of ₹5 per KW/HP/KVA to ₹20 per KW/HP/KVA on all the LT & HT consumers. The overall increase in tariff is 8 per cent as against 25 per cent increase sought by the Escoms – Bescom, Mescom, Cesc, Hescom, Gescom and Hukeri RECS.

Revenue gap

MK Shankaralinge Gowda, Chairman, Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission, said, “The tariff increase was necessitated by the revenue gap of ₹2,296 crore in FY16, which accounted for about 42 paise per unit. This is on account of increase in power purchase costs.”

The Escoms had sought a uniform tariff increase of ₹1.48 per unit for all categories. They also sought approval for collection of fuel adjustment charges (FAC) of 22 paise per unit to be collected during April-June, 2017.

Domestic charges

In Bescom areas, the fixed charges have been increased in the range of ₹5/KW to ₹10/KW for domestic category. KERC has granted the Bescoms’ plea for increase in demand charges and decrease in energy charges for HT consumers, besides introducing “telescopic tariff” for domestic consumers.

In Bescom urban areas, three additional slabs have been created. For consumption of 201-300 units, the tariff is increased from ₹6.90 to ₹7.30 per unit. For consumption of 301-400 units, it is up from ₹6.90 to ₹7.35 and for consumption above 400 units, from ₹6.90 to ₹7.40 per unit.

In Bescom semi-urban and rural areas, two additional slabs have been introduced. For consumption of 201-300 units, the tariff is increased from ₹6.40 to ₹6.80 per unit and for consumption above 300 units, the increase i is from ₹6.40 to ₹6.85 per unit.

In the rest of the state, for domestic consumers in urban areas, the tariff for monthly consumption of up to 30 units is increased from ₹3 per unit to ₹3.25 per unit and for consumption between 31 and 100 units, the tariff is increased from ₹4.40 per unit to ₹4.70 per unit.

The tariff for monthly consumption of 101-200 units is increased from ₹5.90 to ₹6.25 per unit. The tariff for monthly consumption of above 200 units is increased from ₹6.90 to ₹7.30 per unit.

For the domestic consumers in rural areas, the tariff for monthly consumption of up to 30 units is up from ₹2.90to ₹3.15 per unit and for consumption between 31 and 100 units, from ₹4.10 per unit to ₹4.40.

The tariff for monthly consumption of 101-200 units is increased from ₹5.60 to ₹5.95 and for those above 200 units, from ₹6.40 to ₹6.80 per unit.

Published on April 11, 2017

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