Discos want Nepra to charge shockingly high prices

Power distribution companies want up to Rs28.83 per unit increase in power tariff  

By: News Desk      Published: 09:56 PM, 14 Jul, 2021
Discos want Nepra to charge shockingly high prices
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority will take up pleas on August 3 and 4.

The Power distribution companies (Discos) have made a request to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) for up to Rs28.83 per unit increase in power tariff, 24 NewsHD TV Channel reported on Wednesday.

Three of companies sought Rs1032 billion revenue from Nepra. The companies filed a plea for an increase from Rs19.85 per unit to Rs28.83 per unit.

The recommended surge is Rs21.9 per unit for the consumers of 100 units, Rs26. 37 per unit for consumers of 200 units, Rs27.9 per unit for consumers of 300 units and Rs28.63 per unit for consumers of 700 units.

The companies wanted Rs30.27 per unit increase for commercial users, Rs30.28 per unit for the industry and 30.57 per unit for the agriculture. Nepra will hold its hearing on August 3 and 4.

The development took place a couple of days after Nepra decided to cut electricity tariff by 26 paisa per unit for lifeline consumers. The regulatory body notification said  Monday that consumers who use 50 units will be benefited while domestic consumers who has a 300-unit consumption and above were exempted from it.

The power regulator had approved an increase of up to Rs2.97 per unit in tariff for electricity consumers with effect from October 1, a report said a few days ago. According to an order along with schedule of tariff (SOT), the tariff increase includes a fresh surcharge of Rs1.25 per unit for all consumers, except residential consumers, and a quarterly adjustment of Rs1.72 per unit for all consumers. 

The SOT showed no tariff increase for domestic consumers using up to 300 units. However, an increase of Rs1.72 per unit will apply to the consumers using above 300 units.  The tariff increase for all other categories was put at Rs2.97 per unit, except for agricultural tubewells for which the increase will be Rs2.66 per unit.