Chandigarh: Chandigarh Residents will have to pay extra for using electricity. The rise in electricity bills is due to the FPPCA charges. The UT Electricity Department has decided to levy FPPCA charges (Fuel & Power Purchase Cost Adjustment) on the consumers (domestic, commercial and industrial).
Hike in Electricity Bills in Chandigarh & FPPCA Charges (Fuel & Power Purchase Cost Adjustment)
The Electricity Department of Chandigarh will charge extra to recover the amount of electricity which was bought during the October to December month last year. The JERC (Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission) has authorized the UT Electricity department to charge more for FPPCA variations.
With these FPCCA charges, the consumers will have to pay up to 20 percent extra charges depending upon the usage and consumption in the bills which will be issued next month. According to the official, The UT electricity department purchased power from the various sources to fulfill the demands in the city. These FPPCA Charges were approved by the UT electricity department after securing the permission of JERC. The difference between the per unit actual cost of power and the approved cost of per unit is termed as FPPCA.
Domestic Use FPPCA Charges: In the slab of 0 to 150 units usage of Electricity, there will be 29 paise FPPCA Charges on per unit. In between 151 to 400 units of electricity usage, there will be 49 paise FPPCA charges per unit and above 400 units of electricity usage, there will be 54 paise FPPCA charges on per unit.
Commercial Use FPPCA Charges: In the slab of 0 to 150 units usage of Electricity, there will be 50 paise FPPCA Charges on per unit. In between 151 to 400 units of electricity usage, there will be 55 paise FPPCA charges per unit and above 400 units of electricity usage, there will be 126 paise FPPCA charges on per unit.
MP Singh, UT Superintending Engineer said that the changes in the electricity rates will come into effect in the billing cycle of February. The FPPCA charges are not applicable in the agriculture category. UT Electricity department generates the electricity bills bi-monthly for the domestic consumers and the bills for the commercial consumers are generated every month.