Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 3
The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has introduced a new tariff structure for electric vehicles charging stations, crematoriums, burial grounds and advocate chambers on court premises. It had earlier agreed not to change the power rates for 2021-22 despite a projection of a revenue gap of over Rs 3,000 crore by DISCOMs.
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) have projected a revenue gap of Rs 3,041.32 crore for 2021-22, after considering agriculture power subsidy of Rs 6,649.93 crore and domestic and other subsidies of Rs 1,181.88 crore in their aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) petition before the commission.
The commission has said that despite the revenue gap, the DISCOMS have not proposed “any methodology” to bridge it. For electric vehicle charging stations, the HERC has approved a concessional rate of Rs 5.55 per unit. The fixed charges will be Rs 100 per kW per month.
For crematoriums and burial grounds, the energy charges for low tension supply or high tension supply categories will be the lowest rate of the tariff structure but there will no fixed charges. The advocate chambers will be charged Rs 6.90 per unit.
To give relief to the bulk (domestic supply) consumers category, the fixed charges have been reduced from Rs 100 per kW per month to Rs 90 per kW per month. The incentive of Rs 1 per unit has been discontinued for those having solar power projects.
The commission has approved a flat rate of Rs 6.90 per unit for the places of worship for providing support during Covid-19 and playing a role in “cultural reformation”. Earlier, the tariff of Rs 2 per unit for cowsheds was approved.
The commission has noted that neither the DISCOMS nor the state government has intimated it regarding the payment of Rs 2,498.27 crore subsidy on account of agriculture power and domestic supply consumers for the first three quarters of 2020-21. It has directed the DISCOMs to reduce aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses of all urban feeders below 25 per cent and that of rural feeders below 50 per cent in 2021-22, and also bring down the distribution transformer damage rate.
“We have considerably reduced thefts and improved collection from consumers. Prepaid connections will also be introduced soon,” said Shashank Anand, MD UHBVN.
The commission has also asked the DISCOMS to submit a justification for the increase in the number of electro-mechanical meters shown in March 2020 while there are directions to replace them with smart meters. From May 2019 to March 2020, under the UHBVN, the number of single-phase meters increased from 2.13 lakh to 2.33 lakh whereas the number of three-phase meters jumped from nil to 5,371.
In case of the DHBVN, the count of three-phase meters also jumped from 23,295 to 32,343 for the same period.