Power distribution companies have sought hikes in the range of 16 to 80 per cent in the existing tariff to meet their revenue gaps. And to meet the accumulated revenue shortfall over the past few years on account of no tariff hikes and increased power costs, the companies have sought a one time surcharge independent of tariff.

These figures have been quoted in the staff paper based on the true up petitions filed by the power distribution companies for the financial years 2009-10 and annual revenue requirement for 2011-12 released by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.

For recovering the entire gap of Rs.2,845.20 crore, BRPL has sought a hike of 67.7 per cent in the tariff across all categories in fixed and energy charges. “BRPL has submitted that the revenue gaps till 2009-10 may be given in the form of a one-time surcharge independent of tariff as fixed in the present petition. Also, BRPL has requested the Commission to allow a carrying cost on this accumulated gap, which should be determined in terms of Appellate Tribunal of Electricity's order. To meet the entire revenue gap of Rs.7,977.08 crore, an average tariff hike of 189.7 per cent will be required,” the staff paper reads.

The company also wants different treatment tariff for individuals with load above 100kW for residential use and uniform charges for load up to 5 kW.

BYPL in its petition has sought a hike of 84.3 per cent for recovering the entire gap of Rs. 1,893.64 crore FY 2011-12. The hike in tariff sought by the company is the highest among all discoms.

BYPL too has sought a one-time surcharge independent of tariff as fixed in the present petition. And to meet the entire revenue gap of Rs.5,142.36 crore, it has said that an average tariff hike of 228.8 per cent will be required.

The company has also suggested removing the restriction of acceptance of cash payments up to the existing limit of Rs.4, 000 and enhancing the limit of Rs.20,000 for a better revenue recovery.

BYPL has also suggested a Time Differential Tariffs that it says will result in smoothening of demand curve and ultimately benefits consumers.

NDPL has projected a revenue requirement of Rs.4,582 crore for 2011-12 against projected revenue of Rs.3,061 crore at existing tariff and revenue gap of Rs.1,521 crore for 2011-12 only.

To meet this revenue gap an increment of approximately 50 per cent in the existing tariff will be required, the company has submitted.

“To meet the entire revenue gap of Rs.4,544.44 crore till 2011-12, approximately 148 per cent hike in the existing tariff will be required.”

The discom has also proposed the implementation of Automatic Power Purchase Price Adjustment mechanism.

This will allow for pass-through of variations in power purchase cost to consumers on a regular basis. It has also called for a reduction in slabs for the domestic category.

NDPL has also proposed that only two slabs, 0-200 units per month and above 200 units per month (with the rate of energy charges being higher for this slab) should be retained for energy charges. To address the projected revenue gap of Rs.244.72 crore during 2011-12, the NDMC has proposed a 16 per cent hike in tariff.

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