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Jharkhand likely to hike electricity tariff upto five times

Ranchi, Feb 06: Jharkhand govt is likely to hike the electricity tariff  upto five times if the regulatory authority recommendation is accepted by the state govt.

Jharkhand State Regulatory Authority chairperson Arvind Prasad said “ the state govt has decided to stop funding the resource gap to state transmission commission. The resource gap for 2017-2018 is around 766.34 crores”.

Considering to end the resource gap the transmission commission has recommended to regulatory authority to hike the electricity tariff. As per proposed rate the electricity tariff  will increase upto five times in rural areas. The proposed per unit rate in rural areas is Rs 6.25 per unit which is at present is Rs 1.25 per unit.

In urban areas the electricity tariff  will increase upto Rs 7 per unit which is at present is Rs 3 per unit.

The commercial rate will increase to Rs 6.50 unit which is at present Rs 6.25 per unit.

The new rate is proposed from April 1.

The opposition parties have raised their objection over the proposed recommendation.

“ The BJP govt is anti poor and the proposed electricity rate is just one indication. There is marginal increase in commercial rate which is used by the industries and businessmen and there is steep hike proposed for domestic users. We will oppose if the new tariff is implemented” said Kishore Sahdeo a Congress leader.

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