Electricity Tariff to Rise Again in Tamil Nadu
Electricity tariff in the state of Tamil Nadu are going to be increased yet again. The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued a proposal that outlines the revised tariffs. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Government has announced that it would issue grants no matter what the revised tariff is.
Prices of coal, and salaries and pensions of employees have been increased. Keeping these changes in mind the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission has released a likely revised tariff rates for 2013-14. According to the revised tariff, the cost per unit could be increased anywhere from 40 to 85 Paise. For 50 to 100 units, the tariff has been increased by 40 Paise. For 100-200 units, the new tariff has been increased by 45 Paise. For consumption between 201 and 500 units, the tariff has increased by 60 Paise. For consumption of more than 501 units, the revised tariff stands increased by 85 Paise. The standard electricity tariff has been increased by Rs. 10.
According to the press release issued by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission, the final decision will be made after listening to the public opinion in this regard. Opinions in this issue are invited until the 28th of this month.
Grant – Tamil Nadu Government’s Announcement
Meanwhile, in a press release, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa, has said that irrespective of the new tariff, the Tamil Nadu Government shall issue grants in such a way that the poor and middle-class families are not affected by the price hike. The Government is firm on issuing more grants to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission. The Government has also started taking required steps to reform the Electricity Board. With newly installed units, the state will be able to procure 2,206 Megawatt of electricity by the end of this fiscal year, she said.
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