West Bengal mulls cut in power tariff: Minister

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Kolkatta March 3, 2014:- On the sidelines of a national seminar on power scenario, organised by the Engineers’ Welfare Forum of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd, he said the government was expected to arrive at a lower figure soon for the financial year 2014-15 than the current average tariff of Rs. 5.93 a standard unit of a kilo watt hour.

The State utilities serve West Bengal, except for Kolkata and its surroundings, which are served by private player CESC Ltd. The government will have to place the proposal to the State power regulator – West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission – for approval.

Incidentally, CESC Ltd recently sought an 18 per cent upward revision in average tariff for 2014-15 in a petition to the power regulator.

At the meeting, the Minister, however, expressed the State government’s dismay at the Centre’s move to establish a coal regulator without the authority to fix the price of coal supplies to the power producers.

The proposed Coal Regulatory Authority will not determine the rates of coal supplies to the power units, but it would be empowered to adjudicate disputes over price, supplies, quality and the fuel supply agreements.