No major hike in power tariff, usage charges stay the same
NEW DELHI: Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) on Thursday announced no major changes in the 2017-18 tariff schedule.
However, the fixed charge for high-end consumers has been increased, while the usage charges for all consumers remain the same.
The electricity tariff comprises of a fixed charge and a usage charge. The fixed charge remains constant irrespective of the energy consumed, while the usage charge varies according to usage.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday congratulated Delhi residents, saying, "There is no power tariff hike in Delhi for the third consecutive year, due to an honest government you elected."
In a press conference, DERC said that while consumers with a connection of 2 KW will pay the same tariff, high-end consumers with 3,4 and 5 KW connections will have to pay an increased fixed charge of Rs 105, Rs 140, and Rs 175, respectively, as against Rs 100 earlier.
Meanwhile, users with electricity connection of 1 KW will now have to pay a reduced fixed Rs 20, instead of Rs 40.
All new tariffs are applicable on domestic connections and not commercial ones. The new tariff schedule will come into effect from September 1, DERC member B P Singh said told reporters.
Moreover, the Commission has accepted the Delhi government's recommendation for funding an amount of Rs 694 crore for the Pension Trust, to be met by a surcharge of 3.7 per cent payable by the consumers. This will be different from the additional surcharge paid by consumers at 8 per cent rate.
The decision comes as major relief for common Delhi residents, as the AAP-led government had ensured to maintain 'fair' tariffs for the third consecutive year.
Currently, electricity rates start at Rs 4 per unit for consumption of up to 200 units, going up to Rs 5.80-5.90 per unit for 200-400 units, Rs 7.30 per unit for 400-800 units and higher for more consumption. The exact rates vary according to the electricity provider.
According to the petitions of distribution companies, made public by DERC, all three utilities – BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) – together have quoted an aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) of Rs 21,624 crore this time. BRPL has given an ARR of Rs 9,052 crore, TPDDL has demanded Rs 7,680 crore and BYPL Rs 4,892 crore.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, meanwhile, lashed out BJP, saying that in states ruled by the saffron party power tariffs had been hiked by 20-40 per cent, while hailing DERC's move of retaining the power tariff.
Sisodia added, "Since coming to power in Delhi, we decreased electricity tariffs by 50 per cent and also maintained that there were no hikes."
Meanwhile, Delhi Power Minister Satyender Jain said that at least five lakh people would be benefited by the move of changing commercial connections into normal connections on low power consumption.