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In Assam, power tariff may go up by 24 per cent from April.

Assam is purchasing electricity from outside the state to meet the requirements and the hike in 24 per cent has been decided on to meet the cost expenses.

“It has become virtually impossible for the state-run power companies to continue with the existing tariff,” Times of India reported quoting Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) sources.

“In recent times, PSUs selling electricity have significantly increased their charges,” sources added.

According to sources, from existing 7.25 kWh, power tariff in the domestic category may be hiked to 8.85 kWh.

In the commercial category, from existing 7.60 kWh, the tariff may be hiked to 9.45 kWh.

The increase in energy charge per unit, after finalisation, is going to be Rs 1.60 and Rs 1.85 for domestic and commercial category consumers respectively.

The revised rates will be published by March 15 and the new rates will come into effect from April 1, 2020, TOI reported quoting AERC chairman Subhas Chandra Das.

The Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited receives 380-390 MW power from Lakwa Thermal Power Station, Namrup Thermal Power Station, Karbi Langpi Hydro Electric Project and Myntriang Small Hydro Electric Project.

On top of it, APGCL buys over 1000 MW power from various PSUs as demand for power in Assam is 1400 MW during peak hours.

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