Chandigarh: Lockdown power tariff order confuses many

Implementation of tariff orders issued during lockdown has triggered resentment and confusion among consumers across the state as it has reduced the subsidy given to them.

According to a comparative study of two tariff orders, 2019-20 and 2020-21, the subsidy for electricity consumers has been reduced by Rs 300 per billing cycle for a domestic supply consumer.

It is alleged that initially, electricity consumers used to get subsidy on 200 units per month for a billing cycle. This would result in a subsidy of Rs 437 per billing cycle.

In 2019, the government announced zero tariff increase for the next two years. Based on ARR, a tariff plan approved by Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), the subsidy had reduced to Rs 137. This came to light in the recent billing cycles, when consumers noticed the difference.

Till February, electricity distribution companies submitted their annual revenue requirements (ARR) before HERC, which issues tariff orders for the next financial year by the last week of March.

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