Pay more for power in Haryana

Pay more for power in Haryana

Power consumers in Haryana have to pay more as electricity distribution companies (discoms) on Monday raised the fuel surcharge adjustment (FSA) by 5 paise per unit for the recovery of arrears of 2013.

Since December 2014, the FSA has been hiked four times by discoms — Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam — adding to the power bills of around 60 lakh consumers across the state.

With these hikes in FSA, electricity is costlier by Rs 1.19 per unit in Haryana. In May, the tariff for non-domestic consumers had been hiked by about 8.5%.

Congress legislature party leader Kiran Choudhry flayed the decision to increase FSA terming it as an exercise to fleece power consumers. She said, “The hike in FSA, the fourth in the last 10 months, would hit the common man, reeling under inflation, hard and have a cascading effect on the cost of production resulting in across-the-board price rise. The rollback of FSA can be made possible if the state government takes steps to check power theft, cut down line losses and inject a dose of efficiency in the working of discoms,” she added.

INLD leader R S Chaudhary termed the FSA increase as yet another shock to the electricity consumers. “This will go on and you will see that the government will be forced to buy electricity from companies whose entrepreneurs accompany the prime minister on foreign tours,” he alleged.


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