PORVORIM: Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar has confirmed that the State has proposed a 6 per cent hike in power tariff across all categories.
The Electricity Department has filed its petition for Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) and Tariff proposal for FY 2023-24 before Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission 9JERC) on 30th November 2022.
“To meet the revenue gap of Rs. 483.65 cr, the partial revenue gap to the extent of Rs.134.96 Crore is proposed to be recovered through the Tariff hike of overall 6% across all the categories for FY 2023-24,” Dhavalikar said in a written reply to a question tabled by Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao.
The balance amount of Rs 348.69 Crore is proposed to be met through the budgetary support provided by the Government of Goa, he said.
Dhavalikar said that the Electricity Department (ED), as per MYT Regulations, 2021 of Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) and as per sections 45,46,61,62,64 and 86 of the Electricity Act 2003, has to every year file the Tariff Petition before 30th November of the ensuing year and hence cannot make any submission before the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) not to increase the Power Tariffs in Goa till March 2025.
On computerisation of billing, he replied Electricity Department has shifted process related to billing and collection from manual to a computerised SAP system from 31/03/2017.
As per manual records, the closing balance of arrears as of 31/03/2017 was Rs 241.173 Crores.
The opening balance of arrears as of 01/04/2017, when migrated to computerised SAP system was Rs.240.354 Crores. As regards to opening and closing Balance of power consumption, and power losses ,the same do not form part of proforma account