Electricity becomes expensive in Karnataka, so much burden will increase on consumers

Amidst the second of Corona, the electricity consumers of Karnataka have suffered a setback. It has been decided to increase the electricity rates. The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has approved an average hike of 30 paise per unit in electricity duty. This will be applicable to the consumers of all Electricity Supply Companies (Escoms) from the current financial year.

The commission has approved an average increase of 30 paise per unit for the financial year 2021-22 (considering the increase in fixed/demand and energy charges), KERC said in a release. Due to this, there has been an average increase of 3.84 percent in the electricity rate. It said that Eskom had demanded an increase of 135 paise per unit i.e. 17.31 per cent.

The new rate came into effect from April 1

The new charges will be applicable on electricity consumed from the first meter reading done on or after April 1 to help recover the revenue gap as decided by the commission.

Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Siddaramaiah termed the decision to hike electricity charges as a nuisance for common people and industries and a “setback given by BJP to Karnataka”.

He wrote on Twitter, ‘Karnataka CM’s decision to increase electricity tariff is devastating for everyone, be it common man or industry. Everyone is facing difficulties due to the pandemic and this increase will have a bad effect on everyone.

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