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Power tariff hike in offing

Bhubaneswar: Starting March power consumers in the State are likely to pay more as different distribution companies (discoms) have moved the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) appealing for a revise in power tariff.

OPGC, OHPC, GRIDCO, OPTCL, CLDC, CESU, CESCO, NESCO, WESCO, SOUTHCO have moved the OERC seeking a hike in the power tariff.

Accordingly, the OERC has decided to hear their petitions between February 5 and February 13.

On the first day of the hearing, the OERC has asked two power generation companies OHPC and OPGC to argue before it in favour of their petitions.

While the plea of GRIDCO on Aggregate Revenue Requirement (ARR) and Determination of Bulk Supply Price (BSP) will be heard on February 6, CESU will argue on February 13.

Notably, the average rate of electricity per unit in Odisha stands at Rs 4.88. Sources said that Odisha’s 70% power supply need is catered by the hydro power generation which is at present insufficient.

The rate of power distribution loss incurred in Odisha is 40 per cent while in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra the loss is being recorded between 10-15 per cent, sources added.

Meanwhile, different political parties and the Power Consumers’ Protection body opposed the move saying there is no need of a hike in the power tariff for general consumers now.

“GRIDCO has proposed a hike up 76 paisa per unit.  Last year per unit approval for GRIDCO was Rs 2.77 and now they have proposed to increase it to Rs 3.53 per unit,” said Samajwadi Party State president Rabi Behera.

Today a six-member delegation led Behera submitted a memorandum to OERC Member Secretary Kamala Lochan Panda protesting the hearing.

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