Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has taken the decision to hike the price of electricity. From June 1, price of one unit of electricity will increase by 10 paise.
The decision to increase the price was taken suo moto by GERC as none of the four state owned distribution companies filed their tariff petitions keeping. Only Torrent Power Limited (TPL) that had pleaded for the routine 10 paise hike in January this year.
The hike will not be applicable for the first 50 units consumed by residential and agricultural consumers for areas that are supplied electricity by state owned companies. In areas covered by TPL, this exemption is only for residential areas. GERC has also announced that the hike will not be applicable to Below Poverty Line (BPL) consumers.
In spite of the rise in the per unit rate of electricity, there is a possibility that the overall bills of the consumers me go down from July if the quarterly Fuel and Power Purchase Price Adjust (FPPPA) charges reduce by 16 paise for state owned power companies.
In Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Surat, which has TPL as its electricity supplier, GERC expects a 20 paise reduction in FPPPA charges from July and will help overall reduction in the bills of consumers.
“The hike is a marginal 1.53 per cent in Gujarat as compared to some industrialized states where tariffs have gone up by 37 per cent. This year we have even revised the formula for calculating tariff rates. Earlier the companies used to calculate tariff on per unit, but this year we have asked them to calculate on the basis of fixed costs,” said GERC chairman P K Mishra.
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