Monthly hike of electricity tariff: Kerala to hold meeting on Jan 10

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government’s high-level meeting to discuss on union government’s direction to hike electricity tariff on a monthly basis, has been slated for January 10.

Electricity minister K Krishnankutty remarked that the state still has contentions against union government’s mandate. Kerala is concerned whether the new set of rules will cause rampant hike in electricity tarrif, just like the prices of auto-fuels in the country. Similarly, the union government finalised the amendments and issued the notification on December 29.

The high-level meeting comes as the state will have to adopt the union power ministry’s decision to amend the Electricity Rules, 2005. As per the changes, distributors (DISCOMs) can now hike the tariff without prior approval of the regulatory commission.

The companies on monthly basis can impose surcharges to cope with increase in operational expenses due to inflation. As per the old rules, the DISCOMs can only approach the commission every three months.

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