BENGALURU: The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KREC) will conduct a public hearing from February 13 to March 1 to hear objections to the proposed hike in power tariff. However, the hotel owners’ association in the city has opposed it.
Electricity supply companies (Escoms) has submitted a proposal to KREC to hike the power tariff between Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 per unit. After the public hearing, the KREC will announce its decision taking into consideration the objections and suggestions. The citizens have expressed their outrage as the electricity bills have already shot up after the installation of new digital meters.
Last year, power tariff was hiked twice in the state. In April 2022, the power tariff was increased by 35 paisa per unit. In September 2022, the fuel adjustment cost was increased from 24 paise to 43 paise. After the installation of the new digital meters, consumers have been getting higher electricity bills. The Hotel Association has expressed opposition to Escoms’ proposal, claiming that it is unscientific and unreasonable to burden the consumers.