Amid protest by the residents across the state opposing the proposal to hike the power tariff by 25 per cent, the Federation of Noida Residents' Welfare Association (FONRWA) echoed the same besides demanding the government to set a separate tariff for the city.
The resident body added saying that rate could be increased only for areas where the line losses are more than 15 per cent. Being just above 3 per cent in Noida, the proposal of increasing power tariff should be withdrawn.
The federation, which submitted its demand to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday, argued that according to the provision in the electricity act, a separate power tariff has to be fixed for each profit centre.
In this regard, separated data is being given to all five discoms (distribution companies) in its respective areas of the state. But the increase of tariff is being set on a uniform basis for all five profit centre, which is totally unjust to the consumers.
As far as Noida is concerned, which qualifies for the provision, the line loss is below 4 per cent and revenue collection is higher compared to other parts of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is even steadily rising.
The federation concluded stating that the available supply of power is well below than the sanctioned load for Uttar Pradesh but the power distribution company is collecting a fixed charge from the consumer. Rather, it should be levied on the basis of actual consumption because the sanctioned load for Noida is 3 to 4 times higher than the actual available supply to consumers of the city. Considering this, the fixed charge should be abolished immediately.