The Aam Aadmi Party may have romped home with flying colours in the recently held assembly elections riding on free electricity plank, UP is unlikely to follow the model. State elections in UP would be held in 2022.
UP power minister Srikant Sharma submitted in the house that the structure of power tariff in UP was totally different from Delhi and hence there was no question of any decrease in power tariff in the forthcoming financial year.
The AAP government in Delhi had provisioned zero bill up to a consumption of 200 units, which has not been the case with UP where urban domestic consumers saw a raise of 15.29% in September last year. The average power tariff hike has been to the tune of around 12%.
The question vis-a-vis power tariff was raised by SP legislator Faeem Irfan who sought to know from the state government if there were any plans to lessen the power tariff on the lines of the Delhi government.
Replying to the question Sharma said that the process of government assistance and its adjustment in the power sector is different in case of UP and Delhi.
He said that the state government gave an assistance of over Rs 9100 crore to the UP power sector in 2019-20.
UP government’s reply in the UP assembly comes amid UP Power Corporation Limited’s plans to submit a new annual revenue requirement (ARR) with the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) in the days to come. Sources said that it would on the basis of the ARR that the new power tariff would be decided.
Line losses trigger for tariff hikes
The high line losses, mainly because of power theft, has been one of the key reasons for the power department increasing the power tariff nearly every year. UP government submitted in the UP assembly that it has identified 173 areas across 75 districts in UP having high line losses and was in the process of installing Arial Bunch (AB) cables to check instances of power theft.
Sharma said till January 2020, the department has managed to install 810 km of AB cables in 115 places registering high line losses.