Pending power bills finally arrive, with a 20% tariff hike in Haryana

Many consumers in the city received a shock when their electricity bills that had been pending for almost four months finally arrived – with a 20% hike in tariff.

The bills were delivered after a delay as the system was being overhauled by the state- run Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN).

Superintending engineer (DHBVN) said, “The rate was already increased in April, but as we could not charge the consumers, it will be collected in the months hereafter, as arrears.”

Though the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) had approved the power tariff hike with effect from April 1, the discom implemented it only from this month as it was held up with its online project — Restructured Accelerated Power.

The project R-APDRP is a revised version of the Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (APDRP), which was started in 2008.

The APDRP scheme was initiated in 2002-03 as Additional Central Assistance to states for reducing the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses in the power.

The sharp increase in power rates by the HERC has added to the woes of the public already burdened with the price hike of LPG and petroleum.

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