After milk, it is electricity that is going to be expensive in Karnataka from April 1. Confirming the same the chairman of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) MK Shankarlinge Gowda said that the new rates will be disclosed within a week. 

 

A month ago, state energy DK Shivakumar and Gowda in a number of public hearings stated that electricity price will see a hike to be effective from April 1. The KERC has already received data from power corporations in the state except Bescom that will provide the data in another five days. Once the data is received the commission will announce the revised rate. 

 

According to a report, the power corporations earlier proposed a hike of power rate by ₹1.48 per unit due to drought situation and purchasing of electricity from other states. Coordinator of Karnataka Electricity Governance Network, Y G Muralidhara, said that 80 percent of the money paid by the consumers’ as electricity bills goes into paying for the power purchase, the New Indian Express quoted him as saying. 

 

In terms of consumption, the average power consumption has risen from 217 MU per day in the month of February to more than 227 MU, the report quoted Managing Director of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited as confirming. He also stated that the state has enough power since it generates 280 MU daily and this excludes the transmission losses.