Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has revised upwards power tariff in the State valid for a period of one year from May 1, 2013. But an estimated 25 lakh domestic consumers using use up to 40 units a month have been exempted from the hike.
The regulator also introduced a non-telescopic tariff system for about 1.5 lakh consumers whose monthly power consumption rate is above 300 units.
Domestic consumers who limit their power usage within 40 units need pay only the existing rate of Rs1.50 per unit. They don't have to fixed charges either.
Tariff for the first slab starting from 0 to 80 units has been fixed at Rs 2.20; from 81 to 120 units at Rs 3; 121 to 150 units at Rs 3.80; 151 to 200 at Rs 5.30; and 201 to 300 units at Rs 6.50.
A uniform rate of Rs 5 has been fixed for consumers who use up to 350 units; Rs 5.50 for 400 units and Rs 6 for 500 units. The rate per unit above the 500-unit limit is Rs 7.
Lift irrigation, pumping and dewatering of farmers engaged in cultivating grains, vegetables, fruits and pulses will continue to be charged at Rs1.50.
A same rate will be applicable for orphanages, institutions run for the differently-abled and the terminally ill. They have also been exempted from payment of fixed charges.
A re-categorisation of consumers carved out a new group for farmers using the latest technology in tissue culture, mushroom farming, floriculture and such others. They will be getting power at Rs 2. Different rates have been fixed for production-oriented and IT-enabled service units like Akshaya and computer consultancy service units with SSI registration.
Industrial units will pay at Rs 4.60 and IT-enabled units Rs 5 per unit.
Tariff for places of religious worship, government, aided or private educational institutions, libraries, government hospitals, X-ray units, laboratories and mortuaries attached to government hospitals and those registered under the Charitable Societies Act will be Rs 5.10 up to 500 units and Rs 5.90 for above.
Private hospitals, clinical laboratories, X-ray units and such others will pay at Rs 5.50 up to 100 units and Rs 8.50 above 500 units.
Fixed charge of display lighting, hoarding, external illumination of buildings for publicity and sales promotion purposes will be Rs 500 per month and tariff at Rs12.50 per unit.