Dehradun: The move of Power System Operator Corporation (PSOC) to increase the electricity transmission charge from July 1 has augmented the financial burden on the states. The transmission charge rate has been raised from 8 paise per unit to 12 paise per unit.

Owing to the increased rates, Uttarakhand is likely to bear an additional expenditure to the tune of Rs 80 crore per annum.

To meet the power demand, all states including Uttarakhand receive supply from the Central pool.

Each month Uttarakhand pays over Rs 13 crore as the electricity transmission charges, which come to around Rs 160 crore per year. After the implementation of new rates, the state is likely to bear an additional amount of Rs 80 crore.

Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL), reeling under acute financial debt worth Rs 250 crore, will have to bear the brunt of surged charge.

However, UPCL’s tariff has increased but hike is too less to cover the previous financial loss. Making the situation even worse for UPCL, the Uttarakhand Hydro Power Corporation too has raised its tariff.

(JPN/Bureau)