Power tariff hiked in Delhi by 5%

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NEW DELHI: Delhiites will have to pay more for their electricity consumption as the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) Friday increased the power tariff by five per cent.

The national capital is headed for assembly polls by this year-end. Both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have given clear signals that they would make power tariff an election issue.

According to the new tariff, to come into effect from August 1, domestic power consumers will have to pay Rs.3.90 per unit for the first 200 units, instead of the earlier Rs.3.70 per unit.

Each unit consumed between 201 and 400 units will cost Rs.5.80 per unit, as against the present Rs.5.50 per unit in that range of consumption.

Those who were paying Rs.6.50 per unit for consuming power between 401 and 800 units will now have to pay Rs.6.80 per unit.

Any consumption above 800 units will cost Rs.7 per unit.

In May 2013, the DERC hiked electricity rates by 1.5 per cent to adjust the power purchase cost of distribution companies. The commission earlier hiked the power rates by a massive 22 per cent in 2011.

The BJP and the AAP have demanded reduction in power tariff in the capital.

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