Residents will have to pay more for using power as the electricity department has imposed steep fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charges on existing tariff from 67 paise per unit up to Rs 1.61 per unit under different slabs and categories.
FPPCA is the difference of per unit actual cost of power purchase and per unit approved cost of power purchase. Charges will be applicable to all consumers except those under the agriculture category till May 31.
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In the domestic category, consumers will have to pay an additional 67 paise per unit in the slab of 0-150 units while in the slab of 151-400 units, consumers will have to pay Rs 1.14 more. In the slab above 400, the department has fixed FPPCA at Rs 1.16 per unit to the consumers.
In the commercial category, consumers will have to pay Rs 1.29, Rs 1.61, Rs 1.39 per unit for using 0-150 units, 151-400 and above 400 units, respectively.
Consumers having large supply connections will be charges Rs 1.39 per unit, while those using small power and medium supply connections will have to pay Rs 1.39 and Rs 1.17 per unit. In the public lighting category, Rs 1.19 per unit will be charged. In bulk supply, Rs 1.31 per unit will be charged.
The electricity department caters to a total of 2.12 lakh consumers of which 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category. Of total, there is regular billing of around 94 per cent of consumers.
UT superintending engineer MP Singh said the consumers will have to pay more till May due to higher cost of power purchase. He further said the new rates of FPPCA will be applicable from June.
As per norms, bills for domestic customers are generated bi-monthly, while bills of commercial users are generated every month. Domestic consumers are divided into four groups of 50,000 each and pay bills in six cycles a year.
At a recently held public hearing session of the Joint Electricity Regularity Commission (JERC) consumers had raised objections on methods adopted by the department in calculating Slamming the department, B S Sani, general secretary, Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association, said the consumers would have to pay up to 36 per cent more for the next few months. “The department should find ways of cutting down their expenses rather than impose heavy charges on the consumers,” said Saini.
The department has intimated National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT). NIELIT generates bills for the department and maintains all the records.