BEST moots increase in power tariff
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), which supplies power to the Island City, has suggested an increase in tariffs for all categories of consumers serviced by it, except those below the poverty line (BPL).
In its tariff petition submitted to the state power regulator the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) for approval of aggregate revenue requirement and tariff for 2011-12, the BEST has proposed an increase of 50 per cent in fixed and demand charges for all consumers with the exception of those in the BPL category. This has been done keeping in view that the fixed charges and demand charges have not been revised for three years, the undertaking said.
BEST has also proposed an increase in the energy charges for all categories except BPL, while pointing out that the earlier tariff hike was stalled by a MERC order dated September 2010, thus implementing the old tariffs for the past one-and-a-half years.
BEST has recommended hikes in the energy charges for low-tension residential consumers in the range of 36% to 34% depending on the usage on annualised basis for one-and-a-half years. Similar hike in the energy charges has also been sought for categories like low-tension commercial consumers, ranging from 15% to 45%, and low-tension industrial consumers too in the range of 42 per cent to 53 per cent.
A hike in tariff has also been proposed for the high-tension category consumers and a maximum hike of 96% been sought in the high-tension group housing category. The utility has also proposed a 31% hike in the monthly fixed charges for all except the BPL segment.
The BEST has also proposed four new categories for hospitals, educational institutions and spiritual organisations under low-tension and high-tension categories in line with the judgement of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity.