Hitting the consumers hard, the power tariff in the state has been revised. The new tariff for all consumers of the KSEB that comes after a decade is with retrospective effect from July 1, 2012 and will be applicable up to March 31, 2013, the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission said on Thursday.
The overall average increase is 30.2 per cent which will fetch the KSEB an additional income of Rs 1676.84 crore.
The commission has approved a KSEB proposal for collecting ‘fixed charge’ from domestic consumers. The fixed charge for single phase consumers is Rs 20 per month and for three phase Rs 60 per month.
The commission has decided to introduce Time of Day (ToD) tariff from January 1, 2013, for domestic consumers having an average monthly consumption of 500 units and above for the previous six months.
In the case of the domestic category, the steep hike in tariff is for people with a monthly consumption upwards of 151 units.
The tariff has been hiked by 35 paise per unit for 0-40 unit category, 50 paise for the 41-80 units and for 81-120 units and 60 paise for 121-150 units. For 151-200 unit category, the tariff per unit has been hiked by Rs 1.15, for 201-300 Rs 1.70, and for 301-500 Rs 2.20.
‘‘The consumption above 500 units shall be converted to non-telescopic system, that is those consuming more than 500 units per month will have to pay at the prescribed rates of `6.50 per unit for all their consumption,’’ the commission noted.