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Tariff hike shock in the offing for the power consumers in Andhra Pradesh
Already the electricity consumers in the state of Andhra Pradesh are facing 3 to 8 hours power cut shock since one month. The power utilities have decided to announce new tariff effective from April 1st to overcome the burden of several thousand crores.

In the past, the power consumers have already borne the burden of Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA). But, for the financial year 2014-2015 power utilities sidelined the FSA and submitted proposal to increase tariffs to the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC).

The APERC has proposed charges for domestic consumers at Re 0.50 a unit for those consuming less than 150 units a month and Re. 1 a unit for the remaining categories. Apart from this, customer charges ranging from Rs. 5 to Rs. 25 a month is increased for domestic and commercial consumers.

The domestic customers are already charged a month Rs. 25 as customer charges, again it will be increased in the above range. The tariff hike will not affect the agricultural consumers and their seven hours free supply. But, other consumers are burdened due to them.

A domestic power consumer who consumes less than 150 units a month will have to pay 30% more after the hike. In the same manner other category consumers too have to pay.

The people are already bearing the burden of the price rise in all the commodities and this tariff increase added another extra burden. The most affected by the increase is the middle class who have to bear the summer heat along with tariff increase and power cuts.

All the governments till date have concentrated on freebees etc and failed to make this state a power surplus one. At least after the elections new government should make this state power surplus by encouraging renewable energy power plants and commence some more thermal, gas and hydel power plants and give relief to the power consumers from frequent increase in tariffs and power cuts.


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