Kolkata residents up in arms against hike in power tariffs
Residents from various parts of Kolkata took to streets on Wednesday (May 20) to protest the hike in power tariffs by West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC).
WBERC through its latest tariff orders has permitted the power distribution companies, CESC and WBSEDCL, to increase power tariffs in 2014-15 for all categories of consumers: domestic users in urban and rural areas, commercial and industrial users, irrigation pumping for agriculture and others.
The enhanced rates are effective from April 2014, which implies that arrears for the year 2014-15 will be collected from the consumers alongside the enhanced rates, from March 2015 onwards, the protesters claimed.
The protests demanded a roll back of this decision by shouting slogans outside CECS head office in Kolkata. The private corporation CESC is the sole power distribution company in Kolkata, Howrah and adjoining areas catering to 29 lakh consumers. The state owned WBSEDCL supplies power to nearly 1.5 crore consumers across the state.