New electricity tariff targeting low-income people

New electricity tariff targeting low-income people

Logo of the Nepal Electricity Regulatory Commission.

KATMANDOU: The Electricity Regulatory Commission has determined electricity prices taking into account the poor and low-income classes. The newly determined tariff would however be implemented from the next month of Poush (mid-December).

It will be based on the electricity consumption in the month of Mangsir. Thus, consumers can have a new rate in Poush’s monthly bill. Households in poor communities would not be charged an energy tariff for five to 20 units, but would face a minimum charge of Rs 30, according to Chief Commissioner Dilli Bahadur Singh.

He said: “The tariff for poor households has been reduced by 2.8% on average with the aim of increasing household electricity use and ensuring an appropriate price for electricity. Singh explained at the press conference that the new electricity tariff was determined after detailed study, discussions, analysis, public hearings and consultations with stakeholders and contributions.

The number of electricity consumers in the country currently stands at 4.9 million while those who consume less than 20 units are 1.9 million. According to the Commission, for domestic consumers using five amps, 15 amps and 30 amps using 151 to 250 single-phase units, the minimum load has been determined respectively Rs 1.00, Rs 125 and Rs 150. It has been reduced by Rs 25 in the current rate.

Likewise, in the case of those supplied in single phase for more than 400 units per month, domestic consumers of five amps, 15 amps, 30 amps and 60 amps should pay Rs 150, Rs 175, Rs 200 and Rs 250 for one month. .

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