Tariff hike may be challenged


For consumers living in the BBMP limits, the rate for first 100 units remains unchanged. Now, the consumer pays Rs 1.85 for the first 30 units and Rs 2.90 from 30 to 100 units. For consumption between the 100 and 200 units, the new tariff is Rs 3.90 per unit, an increase of 30 paise. For the next 100 units up to 300 units, the tariff will be Rs 4.60 as against existing Rs 4.20. The increase for consumption between 300 and 400 units is 50 paise.

However, the increase is hefty Rs 1.20 per unit for those consuming over 400 units.  
Meanwhile, some of the consumer groups are toying with the idea of challenging the hike in the appellate tribunal. However, the costs involved are high and they are exploring the ways of mobilising the funds.

“Against each respondent amount is fixed at Rs one lakh. We need about Rs six lakh. It is nearly impossible in this situation. But we are meeting on Friday to decide about it", said Nagraj Setty, President, Karnataka Electricity Consumers Forum.

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