Punjab State Power Corporation Limited
(Public Relations Department)
PATIALA/CHANDIGARH, JULY 16:
Er.K.D.Chaudhri, CMD, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited today observed that PSERC has allowed reasonable tariff hike w.e.f. 1.4.2012 as compare to steep tariff hike allowed by many other states.
Er. Chaudhri was reacting to tariff order issued by Punjab State Regulatory Commission today at Chandigarh. He said that tariff hike of 12.08% in Punjab is much lower than the tariff hike declared for other states of the country i.e. Tamil Nadu 37%, Rajasthan 27%, Delhi 26%, Andhra Pradesh 20.24% and Haryana 17%. He said that power rates in Punjab were one of the cheapest in the country.
Er. Chaudhri observed that in spite of deficient and delayed monsoon in the month of June and first week of July PSPCL was able to provide power supply to all categories of its consumers by imposing minimum cuts as compared to neighbouring states and even national capital New Delhi. He said that it was possible only because Punjab purchased power worth Rs.6658 crores to ensure sufficient power supply to agriculture sector for paddy sowing and to domestic, commercial and industrial sector with minimum possible cuts. He said that efficient banking of power during this period was also helpful to maintain the power supply scenario in the state.
CMD said that most of the states have two part of tariff in domestic category, one is fixed charges based on connected load and other based on consumption. As such tariff rates even though appear to be lower in these states but in actual consumer have to pay higher charges. He added that in Punjab we do not have any fixed charges and consumer only pays for whatever electricity he consumes.
It was observed by him that the tariff in industrial & commercial categories in the state of Haryana, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are much higher than Punjab.
Out of 53 Lac domestic consumers, 10 Lac consumers belonging to B.P.L./S.C. category are getting 200 units P.M. free supply having connected load up to 1 K.W.
Er Chaudhri emphasized the necessity of reasonable hike at regular intervals in power tariff, in view of rising costs of power generation, transmission & distribution. He assured that with the nominal increase in electricity tariff, PSPCL would be able to meet its expenditure and work towards supply of quality power and better consumer services to people of Punjab.
He said that Punjab is all set to become power surplus state by 2013-14 with the completion of three Thermal plants at Sri Goindwal Sahib, Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura with combined generation capacity of 3920 MW.
Press Note No. 44
Issued by Addl.S.E/PR