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Karnataka to take final decision on power tariff hike only in October

According to reports, “The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) will take a final decision in the second week of October on the demands of all the electricity supply companies (Escoms) to increase the tariff by 88 paise a unit,” said KERC Chairman M.R. Srinivasa Murthy on Friday.

He told presspersons here that the KERC would take into consideration the loss suffered by Escoms and the difficulties faced by consumers in the event of increase in the tariff and take a “good decision which does not harm the interests of either the Escoms or the general public.”

Asked whether the KERC had decided to revise the power tariff and about the comments made by Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda about the proposed power tariff hike, Mr. Murthy said: “No final decision has been taken on the revision of power tariff. I do not want to comment on the statement of Chief Minister about the hike.”

He said that prior to this, the advisory committee of KERC would hold one more session to summarise the objections received against the proposed hike in tariff.

Mr. Murthy chaired the last public hearing at the Deputy Commissioner’s office here and received objections from the general public and different organisations against the proposed hike.

Mr. Murthy said that he had nothing to say on the fact that all the Escoms were asking for a uniform increase.

“I don’t think that they have come together to seek the increase,” he said Mr. Murthy said except for irrigation pumpsets, all other consumer connections had been metered in the State.

He said the problems faced by the Escoms in metering the irrigation pumpsets would have to be studied.

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