LUCKNOW: The commercial and industrial consumers of the state have to pay the increased power tariff, as announced by the Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPSERC). However, the domestic and rural consumers in the state have been exempted with the hike.
The new tariff will come into retrospective effect from October 1 and would be valid for a period of six months up to March 31, 2013.
For large and heavy industries, the power tariff has been raised by up to 30 per cent, whereas it has been increased by up to 18 per cent for small and medium industries (SMEs). The fixed charges have also been revised.
Moreover, the tariff for urban commercial consumers has been raised by up to 20 per cent.
However, the tariff remained unchanged for urban domestic, rural domestic and commercial and farmers. The tariff for departmental employees and pensioners has also not been modified.
In total, UPSERC has announced an average hike of 17.63 per cent.
In the new tariff order, the rate of temporary connection has been revised and now instead of Rs 1,800 per day, the consumer would be required to pay Rs 2,500 per day.
All government departments, street-lightning, institutions and other bodies will also come under the increased power tariff.
In the new order, a provision has been made that higher tariff would be charged if street lights remain functional during day time.
In the similar fashion, small and medium industries would be required to pay more if they operate during peak hours from 6 pm to 10 pm.