Unmetered rural consumers face 300% rise in power tariff
LUCKNOW: Get ready to shell out more for power you consume. The UPPCL on Tuesday proposed a hike of around 12 % in tariff for urban domestic consumers and almost four times for the unmetered rural consumers. Industries, however, have been left untouched by the corporation. The fresh plan has proposed an average hike of 22.66% in power tariff, the highest till date. The proposal has been sent to the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) and if approved, the new tariff would be implemented from October, 2017.
The proposed hike in case of unmetered rural consumers is unprecedented. As per the UPPCL proposal, those with load up to 2 KW , will see the tariff rising from Rs 180 per KW to Rs 650 per KW . Likewise, the consumers having an unmetered load more than 2 KW will have to pay Rs 800 per KW , instead of the existing Rs 200.Sources said that the UPPCL wanted to discourage the use of unmetered power supply in rural areas where scheduled power supply has increased from 12 hours to 18 hours. The raise is proposed to be effective till March 31, 2018, after which the UPPCL may revise the rates again. Rural metered consumers are also likely to see a quantum jump in their power tariff with the UPPCL proposing a hike in energy charge from a fixed Rs 2.20 per unit to between Rs 4.40 and Rs 6.20 per unit (as per four slabs like in case of urban consumers). Even the fixed charge is proposed to be increased from Rs 50 per KW month to Rs 80 per KWmonth.