Guwahati: The power company Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) may go for raising the power tariff by Rs 1.78 per unit, under the provision of the fuel and power acquire adjustment formula, to recover an amount of Rs 403 crore within the next 6 months.
It needs point out here that till April last, the power company was charging an extra amount of 69 paise per unit since July 2011 under the provision of the said formula and it is going to charge an extra amount of 7 paise from the recent month under the same formula.
Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) told that the power company has been facing a severe crisis pursuing the Gauhati High court’s refusal to admit its plea on the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s orders to pay an enhanced amount to creating stations of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), Power Grid Corporation Ltd (PGCL), etc. against fuel and power acquire charge and transmission tariff with effect from April 1, 2009 till end of 2011-12 fiscal, the sources said.
The APDCL will move the State Government with a plea to provide assistance for beating the present crisis. In case the State Government fails to offer then the power company will have no other way left to it before going for enhancing the power tariff, sources said.