YSR Congress wants to benefit private players by buying power at higher prices where there is no need and demanded that the proposal of increasing power tariff by the DISCOMs should be rejected forthwith as the State has projected inflated figures
On Wednesday, party senior leader Dr MV Mysoora Reddy told reporters “The DISCOMs have submitted ARRs to the Electricity Regulatory Commission to increase the power tariff steeply citing flimsy reasons and to shift the burden to consumers while it has given projections at a very highly inflated rate which does not match to actual figures,” at Hyderabad.
The State is creeping from owning the responsibility of the 12,000 million units (mu) purchased at higher prices and wants to shift it to the consumers. He said while ONGC and Reliance are in profits and litigation is on, neither the DISCOMs nor the State have tried to implead in the case but are merely passing the buck.
He said “We demand an inquiry into all purchases at higher rate as they are not justified.” Delay of generation in two power plants Krishnapatnam and Hinduja were mentioned as the reason which is reality is not.
He said “This apart the hike is needed to meet the daytime peak load from July to December of 2015, the report said which is fallacy as it is rainy season and hydel power is not taken into consideration.”
He said “We strongly reject the proposal, which seeks increase of power tariff and to collect the difference of tariff with retrospective effect and demand that the State to reveal the details of the power purchased at higher prices from private parties though it was available at a cheaper price.”
By DISCOMs the new tariff for domestic consumers would be Rs 8 per unit and beyond 300 units and for commercial segment it is Rs 9.15 per unit, which will be a heavy burden, he said.