June 3, 2012 5:36:25 am
The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has decided to increase the electricity tariff charges by 10 paise/unit for residential consumers in the state. Effective from June 1,the increase works out as tariff hike of 1.53%.
The additional revenue for power utilities in the state is projected at Rs 329 crore, stated a release from GERC,which initiated suo motu proceedings for deciding the tariff (for 2012-13) for the state-owned distribution companies as they had not filed their tariff petitions within the deadline .
This hike is however not applicable for the first 50 units of monthly consumption of residential,BPL and agricultural consumers. Users who consume 100 units will generate a bill of Rs 536 and starting June,they will now have to pay Rs 6 more, said GERC chairman P K Mishra. Unlike many states that announce steep tariff hikes once in every 6 years,we hike the tariff every quarter,in modest amounts,so there is minimal tariff shock to consumers, he added. Of the 1.5 crore consumers in the state,46 per cent will be unaffected by the hike as they come under the BPL and agriculture categories.
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