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Bengaluru: Electricity tariff goes up with effect from April 1

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, May 15: Addressing a press meet here on Monday May 14, chairman of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Authority (KERC), M K Shankaralinge Gowda,announced that electricity supply companies have been permitted to hike electricity tariff by 20 paise to 60 paise per unit with effect from April 1 this year. The hike had been put off pending the assembly election in the state which was held on Saturday.

Gowda stated that for each unit of domestic consumption in Bengaluru city area, the rate hike would be 28 paise while the increase is 25 paise per unit in rural and town areas. On an average, 5.93 percent increase has been permitted, he stated.

The increase in power rate will be in the range of 20 to 30 paise per unit in industrial areas. "Concession of two rupees per unit has been extended for electricity used from 10 pm to 6 am. For commercial consumption, the hike will be 25 to 30 paise per unit. For power consumption towards water supply, increase will be 15 paise per every unit," he explained.

Gowda said that till the end of October, farmers would be provided with power for three hours during the day and three hours at night. "The government is yet to take a decision about the desirability to sanction subsidy for people using pump sets illegally. The government had been approached with a request to provide Rs 11,000 crore by way of subsidy, but the it has released Rs 8,000 crore," he stated.

He clarified that for power supplied by Bescom in rural areas, the hike will be 25 paise per unit, while uniform price hike of 25 paise has been affected for power consumers falling under Mescom, Jescom, Hescom, and Chescom. He said that Bescom had submitted proposal seeking permision to increase power tariff by 82 paise per unit, Mecom had asked for 1.23 rupees, Chescom 1.13 rupees, Hescom 1.23 rupees, and Chescom 1.62 rupees. "To encourage railway, BMRCL will get power at the rate of six rupees per unit, by reducing the price by 40 paise per unit," he stated. He said that Karnataka, which produces 4,500 mega watts of solar power, stands first in the country in this segment.


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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Tue, May 15 2018

    Reasonable and marginal increase shouldn't make any big difference because today input cost of electricity like raw materials are becoming expensive.
    But Kannadighas must feel proud of that State's clean solar power energy has started a mega(UMPP-Ultra Mega Power Project) project at Tumkur in north Karnataka which has earned "accolades from global levels".

    Let's not talk poli-tics for heaven's sake......Siddaramaiya's government has taken a good initiative and implementation of the wise project of renewable clean energy without polluting the environment unlike many other states in India are using coal based electricity which is very harmful to nature and mankind and while importing good quality coal specifically from Indonesia and Australia we pay a hefty price in dollars and from more than a decade there is a tendency in importing machinery from China and some other countries (coal based)on inflated/exaggerated bills by paying millions of dollars and fooling Indian people in cost increase through input cost and thereby increasing rates by the great Adani's (FEKHU's good friend) and thereby routing (getting kickbacks) in black money for election expenses(2014 main sponsors for general elections for FEKHU & DAAKHU)

    In 2019 too Mr. Nirav Modi's looted money from Punjab National Bank will also come back in the same manner and FEKHU will have a killing on that money(spinning)bags.

    Just wait & watch. What a master plan by the great Indian Shakuni(DAAKHU) of Kaliyug......

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  • deepak, BENGALURU

    Tue, May 15 2018

    lol..UMPP at tumkur , pawgad is a great thing. but if you open your eyes to see, these initatiatives are happening country wide in all the states under the Central govt push to triple the non renewable energy push by 2020..

    Also pls open your eyes to see the solar plant thats set up in MP, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan which are way humongous than what we have here.. nothing to take back from the initiative..

    Also pls open news papers from 2007-08 to read abt the solar panel that was installed on the narmada river channels running through Gujarat farmlands under state govt only inititaive which was first of a kind in the world & made news globally.

    open your eyes read some more news & views around & make a honest opinion. everything cant be seen under disguise of BJP vs congress...

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