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Kerala: No duty on new power tariffs

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Nov. 11

THE State Government, which notified the hike in power tariff on Monday, has made it clear that there will not be any duty on the increased rate. At present, a duty of 10 per cent is levied.

The revised tariffs come into effect retrospectively from October 1.

As per the revised tariff, low-tension domestic consumers using up to 40 units will have to pay Rs 1.15 per unit.

The new rates for the other consumers are: Rs 1.90 per unit between 41 and 80 units, Rs 2.40 between 81 and 120 units, Rs 3 between 121 and 150 units, Rs 3.65 between 151 and 200 units, Rs 4.30 between 201 and 300 units, Rs 5.30 between 301 and 500 units and Rs 5.45 for those consuming above 501 units.

Consumers with single-phase connection will have to pay a minimum monthly charge of Rs 30 and for those with three-phase connection, this will be Rs 170.

The minimum charges, however, will not be applicable to non-paying consumers.

The minimum charge during the period of disconnection will be Rs 30 for single-phase and Rs 60 for three-phase lines.

The three-phase consumers in the domestic sector will have to pay for a minimum of 100 units even if the actual consumption is less.

The minimum charge for low-tension industrial consumers has been fixed at Rs 45, while the tariff will be Rs 3.25 per unit.

For low-tension agricultural consumers, the minimum charge and tariff will be Rs 6 and 60 paise per unit respectively.

For low-tension commercial establishments, the minimum charge is Rs 50 for single-phase and Rs 100 for three-phase connection, while the tariff rates have been fixed at Rs 5.65 per unit up to 100 units, Rs 6.25 up to 200 units, Rs 6.95 up to 300 units, Rs 7.50 up to 500 units and Rs 8.25 per unit for consumption above 500 units.

For non-power-intensive industrial units in 66 kV and 110 kV categories, the minimum monthly charges are Rs 260 and Rs 245 respectively, while the rate per unit will be Rs 2.90.

For high-tension industrial units, the monthly minimum charge is Rs 270 with a per-unit rate of Rs 3. Non-industrial and non-commercial consumers will have to pay a minimum monthly charge of Rs 300 and per-unit rate of Rs 3.

The notification has also pointed out that the increase in the prices of inputs, the higher interest rates on borrowings and payment of subsidies extended to certain consumers as part of social obligations are the reasons for the increase in tariff.

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