NEW DELHI: People getting power supply from BSES discoms will have to shell out more on electricity bills while consumers under Tata Power distribition limited will benefit from a marginal drop in the rates.
Power regulator DERC today increased power tariff by two per cent for consumers under BSES Yamuna Power Ltd while one per cent hike has been effected for consumers under BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd.
The tariff has been brought down by one per cent for consumers getting supply from Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited.
The regulator adjusted the tariff-based power purchase cost of the distribution companies and the new tariff will be effective from May 1 for three months, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission Secretary Jayashree Raghuraman said.
The hike will be applicable on energy consumption and not on fixed charges. The DERC had effected a five per cent hike in tariff in February this year to adjust the power purchase cost of the distribution companies for three months.
Raghuraman said the hike for consumers under BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) would be seven per cent from earlier five per cent, which means the rates per unit of power will go up by two per cent.
For BSES Rajdhani (BRPL), the hike prescribed on account of fuel price adjustment is six per cent, which means people will have to pay one per cent more than the current amount.
Raghuraman said BRPL and BYPL had sought a hike of 7.27 per cent and 9.23 per cent respectively while Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) had sought a hike of 4.67 per cent, citing increase in power purchase cost due to hike in fuel prices like coal and natural gas.
Power department officials said power generation companies usually pass on the hike in fuel cost to its buyers, which results in increase in power purchase cost.
Following the five per cent surcharge, a domestic consumer under BYPL will be charged Rs 3.21 per unit for first 200 units of power instead of current Rs 3.15 while a consumer in BRPL will have to pay Rs 3.18 per unit, they said.
Consumers in TPDDL will have to pay Rs 3.12 per unit for first 200 units instead of current Rs 3.15 per unit.
Similarly, in BYPL areas, per unit of power will be Rs 5.15 against current Rs 5.04 per unit for usages between 200 unit to 400 unit while around Rs 6.12 per unit will be charged instead of current Rs 6 per unit for usages beyond 400 unit.
In BRPL areas, per unit of power will be charged at Rs 5.10 for usages between 200 unit to 400 unit while around Rs 6.6 per unit will be charged instead of current Rs 6 per unit for usages beyond 400 unit.
The Fuel Price Adjustment mechanism was introduced by DERC this year to provide cushion to the discoms from increase in power purchase cost. The rate of power is likely to increase further when the DERC announces tariff for the current fiscal.
All the three private discoms have already filed their tariff petition before the Commission demanding substantial hike in electricity rates citing severe financial losses.
Following sustained demands by the power distribution companies, the power regulator had hiked the tariff by nearly 22 per cent for almost all categories of consumers in September last year.