Power consumers in the CESC zone will have to pay 8 paise more per unit, whereas those in areas served by the state power distribution utility will have to pay 11 paise more from the ongoing billing cycle.
The hike results from cost adjustment by the utilities following a rise in variable costs.
The average tariff for power supplied by CESC to its 26 lakh consumers in the city and Howrah will be Rs 6.17 a unit.
The corresponding figure for the 1.05 crore customers of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited will be Rs 5.93, excluding a government subsidy of 25 paise.
The hike will come under the scan of the West Bengal State Electricity Regulatory Commission at the end of the fiscal. “The price of coal has been on the rise, and is expected to go up further in the next quarter. Our rising fuel costs have to be accounted for in the tariff through such variable adjustments,” said a CESC source.
According to sources in the state power department, which sanctioned the state-run utility’s appeal to seek a hike, a fresh increase for variable costs could come into effect once the diesel price rise starts impacting the power sector.
“Thankfully, gone are the days when the chief minister would turn down any such plea by the state-run power utilities,” said an official.