Puneites will have to shell out more on their electricity bills with the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) increasing the power tariff of MSEDCL consumers by around 11%.
While the energy charges have not been increased much, the fixed charges, especially for three-phase consumers, have gone up sharply. The revised tariffs come into effect in two stages: With effect from September 1and on April 1, 2019.
Consequently, 3-5% increase in the tariffs over existing one will come into force in 2018-19 and average increase of 4-6% in 2019-20.
“It will be a huge burden for us as we face the highest tariffs in the state,” said a consumer representative, adding that there was a hike in industrial tariffs too, which could lead to migration of industries to other states where cheaper power is available.
A senior MERC official said the overall hike in industry tariffs was 2-2.5%, which will not be a “big blow” for industrialists. “The hike was necessary to enable adequate power purchase for the utility firm,” he said.
Rates for high-tension commercial users, which include shops, business houses and other commercial establishments, were also hiked. For BEST, rates dropped for industrial and commercial users.
MERC chairman Anand B Kulkarni said the agriculture tariff was hiked by 5%, while tariff for those in the 0-100 category in the state (MSEDCL) was hiked by 4%.
Meanwhile, Tata Power consumers face an overall 6% hike, while BEST consumers face a drop in tariffs of up to 10%. Adani Electricity consumers will face a minimal hike of around 1%. The three companies supply power Mumbai and its suburbs while MSEDCL supplies to the rest of the state.