Saturday, July 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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Power to cost more in Haryana
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 28 — The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission has allowed the state power utilities to impose fuel surcharge on various categories of consumers. The surcharge will range from 3 paise per unit to 21 paise per unit.

The Haryana power utilities will collect Rs 129 crore additional per annum as a result of the upward revision of the fuel surcharge.

Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (HVPNL) had filed an application before the commission for the upward revision of the fuel surcharge on June 14 last for recovering the increased cost of power purchased from various sources.

The commission, which met under the chairmanship of Mr V.S. Ailawadi here last evening, however, reduced the proposed surcharge by 1 paisa for the HT industry, streetlighting and public waterworks. The utilities had proposed a surcharge of 21 paise per unit for these categories of consumers.

The commission allowed the imposition of 3 paise per unit surcharge for the agriculture and MITC sectors. For lift irrigation scheme the commission has allowed a surcharge of 11 paise per unit against the HVPNL’s proposal of 3 paise per unit.

For domestic consumers the surcharge will be 13 paise per unit while for the HT industry, streetlighting and public waterworks the increase will be 20 paise per unit. For all other consumers the surcharge will be 21 paise per unit.

Mr Ailawadi told TNS that the commission had approved a lower rate for HT industries which received power at higher voltage and hence imposed lower losses on the system.

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