The electricity consumers in Haryana will have to shell out 10 per cent to 15 per cent more from April 1 as the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) Sunday revised the power tariff for 2013-14. While the hike has been effected across all categories,the farm sector has been spared.
Besides the domestic supply tariff,a steep hike of 17.64 per cent and around 21.21 per cent have been introduced in supply to public water works and street lighting across the state. This hike is likely to further burden the common man as the two departments will be passing it on to the residents in form of municipal taxes and hike in water tariff. As far as the non-domestic consumers are concerned,the hike in electricity tariff is around 11 per cent,while for the agriculture tubewell supply the rates have been kept the same.
The HERC has also introduced two new slabs in the tariff calculation system and divided domestic consumers in three categories to put lesser burden on the poor people who consume less than 40 units of electricity per month.
The first category includes people who consume less than 100 units per month. From 0-40 units per month,the new electricity tariff shall be Rs 2.98 and it will be Rs 4.75 for consumption of 41-100 units per month. An additional Monthly Minimum Charges (MMC) of Rs 100 upto 2 kW and Rs 60 above 2kW will also be added in the bills.
The second category of domestic supply users include people who consume 100-800 units per month. The power tariff per unit for people consuming 0-250 units will be Rs 4.90 per unit,while it will be Rs 5.60 for 251-500 units per month and Rs 5.98 for 501-800 units per month. For the people consuming 100-800 units per month,Rs 100 upto 2kW and Rs 60 above 2kW shall be charged as MMC.
In the third category of consumers,people who consume more than 800 units per month have been included. Such consumers will be charged Rs 5.98 per unit with an additional Rs 100 upto 2kW and Rs 60 above 2kW as MMC. For total consumption of 801 units and above per month,there will be single tariff and no slab benefit shall be admissible.