Patna: The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Friday announced to increase power tariff by 12.1 percent which will be effective from April 1, 2011. The decision was taken on a petition filed by Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) for seeking approval of Aggregate Revenue Requirement and revision of tariff for the year 2012-13.

It would generate additional revenue of Rs 348.06 crore to the BSEB. However, the hike will not affect the Kutir Jyoti, agriculture and rural consumers.

A marginal increase has been made in the tariff of urban and commercial consumers. BERC has allowed an increase of only 5 paise per unit for power consumption above 300 units.

Monthly Minimum Charge (MMC) of Rs 1350 has been withdrawn.

It has also approved a revenue gap of Rs 841.17 crore out of which Rs 683.90 crore would be met through state government subsidy while the rest would be left as regulatory assets to be covered through mobilization of resources through further increase of tariff or other sources.

It also accepted BSEB proposal to give new connections under Tatkal scheme on double rate of application fee and service connection charges. The decision to hike tariff was taken under the Electricity Act, 2003. The new electricity tariff rate has also been uploaded on the government website.

Kanti, Barauni plant to generate 400 MW power by year end

People of the state will finally get some respite from the ongoing power crisis in Bihar following Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav’s announcement that Kanti thermal power plant in Muzaffarpur and Barauni plant would be able to generate 440 MW power by 2012 end.

The Minister informed that at present Bihar needs 2050 MW to meet its rural and urban demands. The Minister also added that while 1726-1772 MW power has been allotted to the state by the Centre, it only receives 950 MW on an average.

He further claimed that electricity services in Bihar have improved tremendously in the recent years and people have got respite from the hour long power cuts.

However, according to a recently released report, 16.4 percent of Bihar’s 1.89 crore families get adequate electricity supply while rest 83.6 percent families are forced to live with severe power cuts.

The report also claimed that only 57.1 percent families in the state capital Patna get proper power supply.