WBSEDCL slashes rate for new connections
In a bid to reach out to the small enterprise and rural households, the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has drastically lowered its entry level cost for the new consumers. According to senior officials of the WBSEDCL, with this new rate for new connections, they are hopeful of getting another 20 lakh new consumers in the calendar year of 2011. At present the total consumer strength of WBSEDCL stands at 85 lakh.
The new rate which has become effective from February 1 this year has already got good response from the customers as the rising number of new applications indicates. Earlier, the WBSEDCL used to charge the small enterprises for a new connection of 6 Kw somewhat between Rs 16, 596 to Rs 40, 615, depending on the distance from the pole.
Now, they will have to pay Rs 10, 000 only. For those households, who want a connection of 0.2 KW will have to pay Rs 200 only instead of the earlier fee between Rs 3346 to Rs 4146, depending on the distance of the pole.
Similarly, for those who need a connection of 0.2 KW to 0.6 KW, will have to pay now Rs 400 only against the earlier rate of between Rs 4131 to Rs 6032. For the middle class households, where the minimum load is 1 KW, the installation charge has been slashed from previous rate of up to Rs 9000 to Rs 1000.
The WBSEDCL has a total number of 469 Group Supply Stations (GST) spread over the entire state. The supply chain and the network of the operation of giving new connections have been streamlined under a new initiative called Consumer Relation Management (CRM) package.
According to one senior official, who is looking after this new initiative, the WBSEDCL has estimated that because of this new initiative the cost of installing a 100 KVA connectivity with transformer has come down to Rs 2.25 lakh now. Earlier, the cost was more than Rs 2.5 lakh.
“By bringing all these activities under one umbrella, we will be able to utilize our assets better. Thus, the lowered installation fee won’t cause any loss of revenue to the company,” says one senior official of WBSEDCL.