The electricity unit rate has been increased by 24 to 43 paise per unit by various Escoms functioning in the state. The burden of the revised tariff will fall on the consumers in the next electricity bill. This is the second hike in six months.
The unit rate was hiked by 35 paise in April 2022. Now in the excuse of adjusting the increase in the price of coal, from October 1, the unit rate is increased by 43 paise by Bescom, 24 paise by Mescom, 34 paise by Chamundeshwari (Mysuru), 35 paise by Hescom (Hubballi) and 35 paise by Jescom (Kalaburagi). The increased rate will be in implementation over the next six months.
P C Rao, president of Bengaluru Hotel owners’ association, said, “Along with the commoners, hoteliers will be hit hard due to the increase in electricity tariff. In Bengaluru, the rise is highest with 43 paise per unit. Already there is a tax of 9% on the bill. We had demanded to reduce it to 4%. The BJP government, which did not pay any heed to our request, is playing with our lives by increasing the tariff further.”
Energy minister Sunil Kumar said that a proposal is kept before the CM to increase the rate in such a way that the common man will not be burdened.