Kerala State Electricity Board seeks continued restrictions

Published on: 01 Dec, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

29 Nov 2012

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) on Thursday sought the permission of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission to continue the present 30-minute cyclical load shedding both during the morning hours and evening hours till the end of May next. The load-shedding at present is between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 6.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

The KSEB said it was up against serious liquidity crisis since almost the entire revenue it received from the sale of power was being spent on purchasing power from outside.Domestic power consumers could be charged at a rate of Rs.11 a unit. This high rate represented the average cost involved in purchasing a unit of power from stations running on liquid fuel. Up to 75 per cent of the present monthly consumption could be supplied at the normal tariffs and for any unit consumed above this level, the industries could be asked to pay at the rate of Rs.11 a unit.

Regarding the request for adopting a split tariff system for high end domestic consumers and industries, the commission is likely to reserve its order till all aspects of the proposal are closely examined.


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