The power regulator of Maharashtra, MSECDL has favoured an overall hike in the average tariff charged by the utility. The increase by 16.48% comes as a major shock to consumers and is set to affect more than 2 crore power consumers in Maharashtra.
“The commission has approved an overall increase in average tariff of 16.48% against 17.68% sought by MSEDCL,” said the directive from Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). “The increase in tariff is primarily on account of rise in power purchase expenses, which have gone up primarily due to rise in fuel prices.”
“This initiative will ensure hassle-free power supply at affordable rates for people carrying out professional or small commercial activities out of their residential premises and small commercial and industrial units. This provision will benefit about 3.5 lakhs consumers,” states the directive.
Earlier, a petition was filed by the MSEDCL before the Commission, where approval for average revenue requirement for FY13 of Rs50,750 crore was sought. However, MERC has given an approval of Rs48,926 crore. In accordance with the revised tariff, fixed charge for consumers of ‘below poverty line’ has been raised from Rs 3 per month to Rs 10. But energy charges have been reduced from 0.89 paise to 0.76 paise per unit.
For domestic consumers, it is as follows:
For residential consumers
A hike in fixed charge for single phase payable by the residential consumers has also come into effect. The hike is from Rs 30 to Rs 40 per month. For three phase, the revision is from Rs 100 per month to Rs130 per month. Also non-domestic consumers will be slapped a tariff hike of 7% increase from Rs 9.15 per unit to Rs9.78.
Agriculture consumers with meters will have a new tariff, a hike from Rs2.14 per unit to Rs2.33. Those without meters will have a hike from Rs2.22 per unit from Rs2.45.
A new section called “Public Services” has also been formed. This will include both low tension and high tension and will be applicable for hospitals and educational institutes, defence services establishments, police stations, post offices, fire service stations, public libraries and reading rooms, courts, airports among others. The tariff for this category is Rs 7.16 per unit.
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