"In a bid to bridge the gap of losses, the commission has increased the energy tariff by 2.5 percent in the state," Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) chairman U.N. Panjiar told media here.

To ensure it was not a tariff shock to consumers, only a modest increase over existing rates has been allowed, he said.

Panjiar said that the consumers in urban areas would have to pay more than their rural counterparts.

"The commission has approved an increase of 15 paise per unit in urban areas  and 10 paise in rural areas," he said.The commission has also admitted the high transmission and distribution  losses remain a big problem in the state.

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