`Electric shock': Discoms propose hike in domestic, commercial power tariff in TS

Discoms have proposed to increase 50 paise per unit for lower tension (LT) domestic consumers and Rs 1 per unit for high tension (HT) consumers.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  28 Dec 2021 3:25 AM GMT
`Electric shock: Discoms propose hike in domestic, commercial power tariff in TS

Hyderabad: Domestic and commercial power tariffs may increase from April 2022.

Telangana Discoms submitted fresh proposals to the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) on Monday.

Telangana Southern Power Distribution Corporation Limited (TSSPDCL) and Telangana Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSNPDCL) have proposed to increase 50 paise per unit for lower tension (LT) domestic consumers and Rs 1 per unit for high tension (HT) consumers.

The TSERC will conduct a public hearing by inviting objections and suggestions from the people and organizations before approving the power tariff for 2022-23. With the revision in energy supply tariff, the power utilities plan to mop up additional revenue of Rs 6,831 crore including Rs 2,110 crore from LT consumers and Rs 4,721 crore from HT consumers compared to the existing revenue.

Senior executives of the two power utilities stated that they have proposed an increase only in the unit rate and did not make any changes in categories.

TSSPDCL Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Raghuma Reddy said the category­wise tariffs proposed by them would be uploaded on their websites.

Discoms have also submitted to the ERC that they would bridge the remaining revenue deficit of Rs 4,097 crore by taking up internal efficiency improvement measures such as reducing line losses and plugging revenue pilferage as also seek additional support from the State government.

Discoms have justified their proposals for tariff revision on the grounds that there was no increase in the tariff for the last five years. Discoms said clean energy cess was increased to Rs 400 per tonne of coal from Rs 50. They said coal cost increased by Rs 800 per tonne and railway freight charges increased by 40%. Discoms said petrol and diesel prices have been hiked manifold since the tariff was revised last.

They have also listed an increase in employee cost due to wage revision twice, and an increase in the cost of finance due to the strengthening of transmission and distribution network with an investment of Rs 34,087 crore.

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