The tariff hike, initially supposed to be announced at the end of April, had to be put off because of the election model code of conduct. However, the rates will be effective April 1 and the difference will be adjusted in next month’s bill, the Commission said. Fixed charges have been hiked by Rs 5 per kVA for some categories and Rs 10 per kVA for other categories of low-tension installations across all regions.
For areas outside the BESCOM limits where the consumption was between 0 to 30 KWH, the hike would be 20 paise per unit, it said.
KERC chairperson MK Shankarlinge Gowda said various electricity supply companies (ESCOMs) there are 5 in the State had sought a differential tariff hike ranging between 82 paise to 162 paise per unit.
“As a uniform tariff is in vogue hitherto in the State, the commission has approved uniform increase across all ESCOMs with a marginal differential increase in BESCOM area,” he told reporters here.
The announcement by KERC comes two days after polling was held for 222 assembly constituencies in the State on 12 May.
For BESCOM, the average increase in realisation rate in tariff is 38 paise per unit with an overall increase of 5.93%.
For other ESCOMs, the average increase in tariff is 30 paise per unit with the overall percentage of 4.69%.
The overall increase in tariff for the state was 5.30%, Gowda said.
“The Tariff will come into effect for the electricity consumed from the first-meter reading date falling on or after 1 April 2018,” a KERC press release said.
Gowda said, in order to promote electric vehicles, the KERC has introduced a new tariff of Rs 4.85 per unit for Bescom. It will help set up a number of charging stations.
Anyone who establishes a charging station will not require a licence, Gowda said.
Highlighting reforms effected in the revisedtariff order, he said the tariff for Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited has been brought down from Rs 6 per unit to Rs 5 per unit. Similarly, the KERC has reduced the tariff for railways also.