The Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) has passed a proposal to the Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) for raising the electricity rates by a total of 4.56 per cent in 2021-22 due to the less than required aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) received by the corporation in recent years. The proposal passed by the UPCL board will be presented to the UERC which will take the final decision on it. According to an official release, the proposed hike in electricity rates includes 1.99 per cent in the domestic category, 4.05 per cent in commercial category, 2.5 per cent in LT industry category and 5.13 per cent in HT industry category.
However, no proposal has been given for any type of increase in the BPL category. Apart from the BPL category, no hike has been proposed for domestic electricity consumers whose power load is one KW and upto 100 units. For agriculture, there is no proposal for hike in rates for tubewells and similarly no hike is proposed for small industrial units (upto 25 KW). In order to encourage the pace of industrial activity in the state, setting the fixed charges for large industrial units on the basis of voltage will directly benefit the industries. Industries which use more electricity will benefit more, averred officials
Friday, 15 January 2021 | PNS | Dehradun