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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala 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.
Though Kerala had objected to the proposal, it will have to adopt it since the union ministry has accepted it. The notification was released on December 29.
Kerala electricity minister K Krishnankutty will hold discussions with workers’ unions on Thursday regarding the changes.
The companies are now allowed to impose surcharges to cope with inflation in electricity generation. As per the old rules, the DISCOMs had to approach the commission every three months.
As per the new rules, commission approval is needed only if the additional expense is more than 20 per cent of the average expense. Otherwise, the commission can verify the sheets once a year. DISCOMs that do not impose the surcharge on time cannot compensate for it later. Hence, KSEB will also have to abide by it.