CITU leader J. Ayodhyaram on Wednesday demanded postponement of public hearing by AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) on power tariff hike to be held here on Thursday.

He said due to ongoing 48-hour general strike, the date for the public hearing should be rescheduled.

Criticising proposals for hefty increase in power tariff, he said if the proposals were accepted, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited would have to pay Rs.4 lakh per MVA instead of Rs.2 lakh and Rs.12 lakh during peak hours.