BERC approves 55% power tariff hike in Bihar


Patna: The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Saturday approved an overall 55% tariff hike for 2017-18 fiscal.

“The new power tariff will be effective from 1 April 2017,” the BERC said in a press statement in Patna.

“The commission has approved an overall increase of about 55% only without taking subsidy into consideration. “However, if the state government extends subsidy support to BPL and rural consumers as agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding of UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana) this increase may come down to around 28%,” the statement said.

The BERC said “while increasing the tariff rates for 2017-18, the commission compared the existing tariff rates of neighbouring states with that of Bihar and took into account the overall improvement in supply of electricity and other related services in both urban and rural areas in recent years.”