Centre’s mandate to use imported coal for power generation resulted in surchage: K Krishnankutty

K Krishnankutty | Photo: AS Akhil

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Minister for Electricity K Krishnankutty claimed that the state was forced to impose electricity surcharge on consumers when the Centre made it mandatory to use imported coal for power generation. The Centre’s mandate urging the power plants to utilise expensive coal as fuel has resulted in increasing electricity tariff in the state, said the minister.

The Union Ministry of Power has directed to use imported coal for at least 10 per cent of the required fuel to resolve the electricity crisis caused due to shortage of coal.

Kerala State Electricity Board has received permission to impose a surcharge of 9 paise per unit for four months from February 1 to May 31.

Consumers who have a connected load of up to 1000 watts and consumption below 40 units have been excluded from the surcharge.

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