Finally Haryana heaves a sigh of electric relief

After the hike in power tariff led to protests across the state, the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) issued a revised tariff order on Friday reverting to the system of telescopic slabs for domestic users consuming up to 800 units of power. The levy of Fuel Adjustment Surcharge will however continue. The discoms, Uttar Haryana Bilji Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), will now issue revised bills for the power consumers across the state. The consumers who have paid the bills issued as per the existing tariff be issued revised bills as per the new tariff and the refunds be adjusted in their subsequent bills. The consumers, who are yet to pay the bills issued as per the existing tariff, would also get the revised bill. The remaining consumers would be issued bills as per the new tariff and they will be allowed to pay arrears in five installments without surcharge.

Nitin Yadav, Managing Director, UHBVN said as per the new tariff structure the consumers with consumption between 101 units to 500 units would now have benefit of 50 paisa per unit for initial 150 units consuElectricity Billmption. All the consumers having monthly consumption between 500 to 800 units per month would now get the benefit of lower tariff slabs also. With the revised tariff slabs, rates would reduce between 2 to 16.43 per cent. For people consuming 501 units, the bill as per the earlier tariff would have been Rs 4,184. Following the new order it will be Rs 3,496. It is the consumers in this category who will get the most relief. For those consuming 600 units, the bill will reduce from Rs 5,029 to Rs 4,342. HERC had issued the orders for revising the power tariff on May 7. As per the order, HERC stated that for those consuming power above 500 units, the charges would be non-telescopic. Fuel Adjustment Surcharge was also added to it. For those consuming more than 500 units, the tariff amounted to Rs 8.35 per unit. This led to residents receiving inflated power bills causing protests across the state.

The review petition against the tariff order was filed by former Congress MLA Sampat Singh. A public hearing was held by the HERC following which the order was issued. As per the new order, there is no change in the tariff for up to 500 units. For those consuming 501 to 800 units, an amount of Rs 6.75 per unit would be charged. A flat rate of Rs 6.75 per unit will be charged for those consuming above 800 units.

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