The income gap has been growing steadily in recent years
*AT&C, distribution losses are still a concern
JAMMU, May 15: Ladakh’s Energy Development Department has proposed an average tariff hike of 14.66% in the current financial year, given the steadily widening revenue gap over the past few years. years. Moreover, the overall technical and commercial (AT&C) and distribution losses are always higher and are a matter of concern for the administration of the territory of the Union.
In a tariff petition filed before the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for J&K and Ladakh UTs, the Ladakh UT Energy Development Department mentioned that there was a discrepancy of 4223, Rs 28 crore between overall revenue requirement and disposable revenue in the financial year. 2019-20 and this gap increased to Rs 9079.20 crore in the 2020-21 financial year when revenue of Rs 5020.20 crore was available against the overall revenue requirement of Rs 14099.40 crore.
The gap between overall revenue requirement and disposable income during the period 2021-2022 has further increased to Rs 10513.67 crore.
To bridge the revenue gap to some extent, the DP has proposed an average tariff hike of 14.66% mentioning that the projected revenue charged for the financial year 2022-23 at the proposed tariff is Rs 6539.19 lakh and that the proposed tariff would result in increased revenue. charged by Rs 7491.73 lakh.
At present, PDD charges Rs 1.69 per unit up to 100 units per month and Rs 2.20 per unit for between 101 and 200 units per month. However, he offered Rs 2 per unit for up to 200 units per month. Against Rs 3.30 per unit for units between 201 and 400 per month currently billed, the PDD proposed Rs 4 per unit for units between 201 and 400 while against Rs 3.52 per unit for units over 400 per month, the department has proposed Rs 5 per unit for units over 400 per month in the tariff petition. In addition, it has been proposed to increase the fixed charges from Rs 5.50 per month to Rs 15 per month.
For different categories of unmetered consumers, the PDD proposed an increase from Rs 99 per month to Rs 200 per month, from Rs 325 per month to Rs 400 per month, from Rs 490 per month to Rs 600 per month and from Rs 650 per month at Rs 800 per month.
For the non-domestic/commercial consumer category, the tariff for units up to 100 per month is currently Rs 2.81 per unit and Rs 2.97 per unit for units between 101 and 200 per month . However, it offered Rs 3.50 per unit for up to 200 units per month. Similarly, it offered Rs 5 per unit for units between 201 and 500 per month against Rs 2.97 per unit for units between 101 and 200 and Rs 4.29 per unit for units between 201 and 300 per month.
For units over 300 per month, DP currently charges Rs 4.62 per unit, but for units over
However, no substantial increase has been proposed for state/central government departments. At present the PDD charges Rs 6.88 per kWh for 11 KV supply and 33 KV supply and for the current financial year it has offered Rs 6.90, an increase of only two paisa .
According to the figures mentioned in the tariff petition, AT&C losses were 43.03% in 2019-20, 48.17% in 2020-21 and 49.04% in 2021-22 and the Department plans to reduce them to 42, 90% in the current financial year.
Distribution losses were 42% in 2019-20, 39% in 2020-21 and 41% in 2021-22 and the Department plans to reduce them to 35% in the current fiscal year.