Power tariff to be revised by Nov 20

Speaking to media persons after holding a public hearing on expected revenue charges  and tariff filing of the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company (GESCOM), KERC Chairman  K P Pandey said that all the five ESCOMs of the state have sought an upward revision of tariff by 51 paise per unit across the board. He added that the Commission would thoroughly go through the proposals and objections from the consumers before making a final order.
To a question on whether the KERC would issue differential tariff revision orders or a uniform order, Pandey hesitated to reply. However, when pointed that the KERC has been issuing differential tariff orders all these years, Pandey said he hoped to continue the same this year too.

Opposition to petition
A number of organisations, individuals and interest groups, who had filed their objections over GESCOM’s expected revenue charges, vehemently objected to the Company’s petition and urged the KERC to reject it as the company had failed to adhere to the directions issued by the KERC.

Their objections included failure to achieve 100 per cent metering of all installations, particularly irrigation pump sets; Bhagya Jyothi-Kuteera Jyothi domestic installations; failure to contain transmission and distribution losses; increasing inefficiency on the part of the GESCOM in its management and provision of service; its unaccountability on huge borrowings and achieving desired results out of them; and failure to return the security deposits of consumers even years after KERC issuing a directive to this effect.

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