Chhattisgarh power tariff announcement likely on Saturday
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
April 28th, 2012

The much awaited power tariff in Chhattisgarh is likely to be announced on Saturday with authorities hinting a hike in the electricity charges.

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission is set to release the new power tariff plan for different categories of consumers on Saturday. The announcement was pending for the last couple of months. Officials in the commission said that the budget session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly first prevented to announce the new power tariff. When the commission made necessary preparation to do the same after the session, it was put on hold following gram suraj abhiyan – a village contact programme of the state government.
The authorities feared that the power tariff announced before the gram suraj campaign that started on April 17 and ended today would spark off protest among the people. The chief minister, Raman Singh, who was landing in the villages on surprise visit, could have come under the fire of the villagers. With the gram suraj abhiyan ending today, the electricity regulatory commission is now planning to announce the new power tariff plan on Saturday. The new power tariff will come into effect from April 1, the officials said. The commission is learnt to have recommended a major hike in the power tariff for all categories of consumers.
The officials said that the hike was likely to be 17 per cent on average. Even the domestic consumers were also likely to get the shock, as the commission has reportedly recommended hike of 5 to 10 per cent. The officials hinted that the power tariff for all classes of industry is also likely to go up. During the public meetings convened by the commission for finalising the tariff, voice of protest came from all the quarters. But the commission has reportedly sidelined all the objections.
Source: BS

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