Power tariff hiked by 20 paise per unit in Kerala; BPL consumers exempted

Orphanages, old-age homes and IT and IT-related industries are also exempted from the tariff hike, they said.


Published Nov 03, 2023 | 10:57 AMUpdatedNov 03, 2023 | 10:57 AM

Power tariff hiked by 20 paise

The power tariff has been hiked by 20 paise per unit in Kerala after the State Electricity Regulatory Commission on Thursday, 2 November, approved a submission in this regard.

The Commission granted approval for the tariff hike proposed by the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) with retrospective effect from 1 November, according to an interim order.

However, the hike is not applicable to the domestic consumers belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) category, the Commission sources said.

Orphanages, old-age homes, and IT and IT-related industries are also exempted from the tariff hike, they said.

As per the new tariff, domestic consumers who use up to 100 units of electricity per month, would have to shell out an additional ₹20, as per the order.

In the order, the Commission said it had taken note of the views expressed by the stakeholders regarding the tariff increase proposed for the domestic category.

Duly taking into consideration the views expressed by the majority of consumers, the Commission decided to reject the proposal of KSEBL to reduce the limit of telescopic tariff from 250 units to 200 units, it said.

“However, considering socioeconomic reasons, the Commission proposed an average increase of ₹0.20/unit only (including energy charge and fixed charge) for domestic consumers with monthly consumption up to 250 units,” the order said.

Slamming the power tariff hike, the opposition Congress said the LDF government was challenging the people of the state through the hike.

The Leader of the Opposition the state Assembly VD Satheesan alleged that the power tariff hike was a move to cover the loss suffered due to the mismanagement and corruption by the government, and it cannot be accepted.

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