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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission announced a 6.6% hike in power tariffs in the state. Such a move comes after a gap of three years.
State Electricity Minister K Krishnankutty said the revision is made without causing huge liabilities to the people. He said the last increase in electricity tariff was on July 8, 2019. "Since 2019, the wholesale price index has risen by 19%."
The official statement clarified that there will be no increase in tariff for the weaker sections, agricultural consumers, small-scale industries, and small farmers. The burden of the tariff hike is going to fall on industrial users and high-end domestic users.
The new tariff will come into effect on 26 June.
Government data shows that around 85% over one crore domestic consumers in the state use between 0-250 units a month. They are divided into six tariff slabs for consumers using power between 0-300 units a month – 0-40 units, 0-50, 51-100, 101-150, 151-200, and 201-250 respectively.
ERC chairman Preman Dhinraj said that domestic consumers who consume up to 150 units a month will only see a marginal increase. Such users make up 54% of the consumer base.