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Relief likely for common man as govt proposes no hike in domestic power tariff




With less than a year left for the state assembly elections, the government wants to provide respite to electricity consumers and has proposed not to hike the tariff for domestic consumption but pinched upon the high-tension industrial and commercial consumers by proposing a hike of about 10 per cent.

In its appeal to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and Union Territories, the electricity department has prayed to approve the tariff hike for particular categories that would help earn additional revenue of about Rs 77.01 crore for the year 2016-17. However, by not raising the tariff for domestic and other low-tension consumers, the government would be subjected to meet revenue gap of about Rs 193.27 crore through budgetary support allocations.

The proposed tariff hike includes 40 paise/kwh increase to high-tension industrial connections on lines connected at 11/33KV from the existing Rs 3.90/kwh to Rs 4.30/kwh and lines connected at 110KV alongwith high tension connections to iron-related industries, from existing Rs 3.80/kwh to Rs 4.20/kwh.

For the high-tension commercial connections, the tariff is proposed to be hiked from the existing Rs 4.40/kwh to Rs 5.50/kwh. Tariff has been hiked for defence establishments too, from the current Rs 3.70/kwh, the tariff is hiked to Rs 5.00/kwh. In addition, this category has been further divided now into ports, which will be charged Rs 7.00/kwh and education which will be charged Rs 3.50/kwh.

Electricity department has also prayed before the commission to approve the proposed revenue gap for the year 2015-16 amounting to Rs 135.53 crore on provisional basis with the amount being met from the budgetary support by government.

The department has also requested approval of the proposed revenue gap of Rs 270.28 crore of which Rs 77.01 crore will be recovered by the tariff increase and remaining revenue gap to be met by the budgetary support by government.

Goa electricity department submitted the ‘Petition for approval of Annual Performance Review of FY 2015-16, Multi Year Tariff for the First Control Period of FY 2016-17 to FY 2018-19 and Tariff Proposal for FY 2016-17’ to JERC earlier this month. JERC has directed consumers to submit their objections and suggestion to the commission on or before March 4.

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