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.

The corporation has also proposed a hike in fixed charge for tubewells and pump sets for irrigation. The unmetered ones are proposed to pay Rs 160BHPmonth instead of existing Rs 100BHPmonth.Those having a metered power supply are likely to see their tariff go up from the existing Re 1per unit to Rs 1.75 per unit.Likewise, their fixed charge are also proposed to be increased from Rs 30 per BHP month to Rs 60 per BHP month. President of UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhogta Parishad AK Verma said that the increase in tariff for rural consumers is unwarranted. “This would affect the rural consumers badly,” he said.
The corporation has proposed to increase electricity rates on all four slabs -from Rs 4.40 per unit to Rs 4.90 for up to 150 units, from Rs 4.95 to Rs 5.40 per unit between 151 to 300 units, from Rs 5.60 to Rs 6.20 per unit between 301 to 500 units and from Rs 6.20 to Rs 6.70 per unit above 500 units. The corpo ration has proposed to increase the fixed charge for every KW of load from Rs 90 to Rs 100.

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