Cost to go up by 25 paise a unit
The cost of electricity will go up in the State by 25 paise a unit from August 1 for all except low-end domestic consumers using up to 200 units of electricity a month.
This is by way of a surcharge and will be in force for six months. The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday issued an order allowing the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to impose the surcharge for six months to enable it to recover from the consumers a sum of Rs.181.14 crore towards additional expenses incurred by it on costly thermal power.
In a release, the commission said the KSEB had said in a petition that it had spent a sum of Rs.161.23 crore over and above the budgeted amount on power purchase from October 2010 to March 2011. The commission, after examining the records given by the KSEB, approved the additional spending of Rs.150.29 crore. In addition to this amount, a sum of Rs.30.85 crore was due to be recovered from the consumers towards excess expenses the KSEB had incurred on power purchase from October 2009 to September 2010.
The KSEB's petition relating to this period had shown the excess amount spent on costly power as Rs.381.42 crore. But the commission assessed that the KSEB had made an extra income of Rs.350.57 crore during that period. The balance claim due to the KSEB was fixed at Rs.30.85 crore. The commission, in its order, said the surcharge would not be app licable to domestic consumers having a connected load of 500 W and monthly use of up to 200 units of electricity.
The commission directed the KSEB to clearly indicate in the bills the amount levied as surcharge. It should also submit to the commission the exact amount collected from the consumers under this head each month.