Chandigarh

Electricity bills to shoot up in Chandigarh

The Hush Post: The residents of Chandigarh should get ready to pay more on their electricity bills as the Electricity Department is calculating high rates of fuel and power purchase adjustment (FPPCA).

The Electricity Department has calculated FPPCA charges from January to March ranging between 40 paisa to Rs 5 per unit in slabs of different categories. The charge is levied on all categories of consumers, except agriculture.

The report said that enhanced charges have emerged as a double whammy for residents as they will be clubbed with the increased power tariff that came into force from April 1. The department has written to the Joint Electricity Commission (JERC) to get the charges approved.

UT’s Superintending Engineer (SE) MP Singh reportedly said they had written to the JERC and the charges will be levied after securing approval.

The JERC in the tariff order issued on March 29 imposed a cap on FPPCA charges to be levied by the department from April onwards. The commission limited FPPCA charge to 10 per cent of the approved cost for a quarter.

Fearing criticism from city residents, the Electricity Department has also requested the commission for allowing to re-calculate FPPCA charges from January to March as per the latest tariff order. “We will act as per direction of the commission,” MP Singh was quoted as saying.

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