THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A KSEB proposal to hike the fixed charges for domestic consumers was scrapped by the commission. The fixed charges will remain the same _ `20 per consumer per month for single phase connections and `60 for three-phase connections.
The benefit of a low tariff for usage up to 40 units (`1.50 per unit) will now be available only to BPL families whose connected load is 1000 Watts and below. Home stay units approved by the Tourism Department will henceforth be billed under LT-1 (Domestic). Additionally, domestic consumers can use electricity in a portion of their residence for uses other than domestic if the connected load for that purpose does not exceed 20 per cent of the total connected load or 1000W, whichever is less.
There will be power disruption in the northern districts including Thrissur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday. This is due to upgradation works at the 400 kV sub-station at Madakkathara.
The KSEB has also imposed partial restrictions on Thursday night owing to a shortage of 250 Mega Watt in total from the NTPC unit at Talcher, Orissa, and the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Tamil Nadu.