Power costly in MP by 2.67 per cent

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Bhopal, Apr 1 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPSERC) has recommended increasing power tariff by 2.67 per cent for 2008-09 fetching Rs 240 crore additional revenue for power distribution companies.

''The new power tariff would be effective from April 10. Power tariff for urban domestic consumers would remain unchanged but fixed charge for consumers utilising more than 100 units has been increased by Rs 10 per KW,'' MPSERC Chairman J L Bose told mediapersons here.

The Commission has recommended increase in power tariff by 15 paise per unit for agriculture power users. Energy charges have been increased by 10 paise per unit and load factor concession has been introduced in HT (High-Tension) bulk category.

Fixed charges for Public Water Works and HT Irrigation has been increased by Rs 10 kVA for 11 kV, Rs 15 per kVA for 33 kV and Rs 20 per kVA for 132 kV. Energy charges for all Public Water Works and HT Irrigation had been increased by 15 paise per unit.

A new provision for incentives at five per cent on energy charges have been made for adopting energy efficiency measures in public water works and street lights in HT and LT (Low-Tension) categories.

A new sub-category for government schools has been created under non-domestic category with reduced energy charges -- 37 per cent less than the normal tariff of non-domestic category. A separate category of shopping mall has been created under HV-3 tariff schedule.

Fixed charges for LT industries above 25 HP (Horse Power) have been increased by 10 per cent making overall increase by 2 per cent only inspite of 2.5 per increase in average supply cost.

No change has been made in the energy charges for LT industries of above 25 HP. Fixed charge has been reduced by Rs 5 per HP for LT industries up to 25 HP in urban areas.

Energy charges have been increased by five paise per unit (1.09 per cent) for railway traction despite increase in average supply cost nine paise per unit (2.5 per cent).

Energy charges have been increased by seven paise per unit (1.3 per cent) for coal mines despite increase in average supply cost nine paise per unit (2.5 per cent).

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