New power tariff targets low-income consumers

This unadated image shows the building of Nepal Electricity Authority in Durbarmarg, Kathmandu. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: The Electricity Regulation Commission has determined power tariffs considering the consumers from poor and low-income class. The newly determined tariff will be implemented from the coming month of Poush (mid-December).

The power tariff will be based on the consumption of electricity in the month of Mangsir. So, the consumers will have a new tariff rate in the bill of the month of Poush.

The households consumers from the poor communities will not be imposed energy tariff for five to 20 units, but a minimum charge of Rs 30, according to chief commissioner Dilli Bahadur Singh. He said, “The tariff for the household class was slashed by 2.8 per cent at average in a bid to increase the household use of electricity and ensure the appropriate price of power.”

Singh shared at the news conference that the new power tariff was determined after detailed study, discussion, analyses, public hearing, and consultation with stakeholders and inputs. The number of electricity consumers in the country currently stands at 4.9 million while those consuming electricity less than 20 units are 1.9 million.

According to the Commission, in the case of household consumers using five amperes, 15 amperes and 30 amperes for monthly 151 to 250 units under single phase, they have been determined Rs 100, Rs 125 and Rs 150 respectively. Rs 25 has been reduced from the existing rate.

Similarly, in the case of those with a supply from single phase for more than 400 units per month, the household consumers of five amperes, 15 amperes, 30 amperes and 60 amperes should pay Rs 150, Rs 175, Rs 200 and Rs 250 for a month, as per new tariff.


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