Reject power tariff hike proposals: YSRC

HYDERABAD: The YSR Congress has demanded that the proposal to increase power tariff by the DISCOMs in Andhra Pradesh should be rejected forthwith as the State had projected inflated figures and wanted to benefit private players by buying power at higher prices.

“The DISCOMs have submitted ARRs to the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission to increase the power tariff steeply citing flimsy reasons  and to shift the burden to consumers while it has given projections at a very highly inflated rate which does not match to actual figures,” party senior leader M.V. Mysoora Reddy told reporters here on Wednesday.

He said the State was shirking from owning the responsibility of the 12,000 million units (mu) purchased at higher prices and wants to shift it to the consumers. He said permission was sought to collect the difference of charges in retrospective effect in the ARR. While ONGC and Reliance are in profits and a litigation is on, neither the DISCOMs nor the State had tried to implead in the case but are merely passing the buck, Dr. Mysura Reddy said.

Moreover, the reasons cited in the ARR to hike the tariff are trivial. Delay of generation in two power plants Krishnapatnam and Hinduja were mentioned as the reason which is reality is not. The plants are ready. The industrial growth rate was inflated and the purchase of power on short term basis at a higher price was linked to it. “We demand an inquiry into all purchases at higher rate as they are not justified,” he said.

 “We strongly reject the proposal, which seeks increase of power tariff and to collect the difference of tariff with retrospective effect. The new tariff suggested by the DISCOMs will be Rs 8 per unit for domestic consumers using power beyond 300 units and for commercial segment it is Rs 9.15 per unit” he said. (NSS)

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