Minister hints at hike in electricity charges

Minister hints at hike in electricity charges

Power minister M M Mani has given strong hints about a possible hike in power tariff in the near future. The minister told the assembly on Tuesday that the government had no other option but to go for an increase in the power tariff since the KSEB had accumulated a debt of Rs 7,300 crore.

Several public sector undertakings, including Kerala Water Authority, had accumulated huge dues to be paid to the state electricity board. With the present situation, the government would be forced to increase tariff, he said.

However, the minister said that the government had not taken any decision on this and a final decision would be taken only after discussions. He also ruled out the possibility of setting up a hydel-power project at Athirapally since there was wide spread opposition to the project.

“Even though I am personally for the project, the government is unable to move ahead with this project without a proper consensus. There are differences within our own front about this project,” he said. Read More

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