Electricity charges up in Gujarat

June 4th, 2008 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, June 4 (IANS) With rising fuel costs, the Gujarat government has raised electricity charges by 35 paise per unit for non-agricultural consumers. “We have not increased the tariff for the agricultural consumer. And for the non-agriculture sector, only half the additional burden is being passed on,” Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said in a statement Tuesday.

The decision would amount to a total increase of about 12 percent in the electricity bills of consumers.

“Our fuel costs have increased by Rs.925 crore owing to prices of coal, oil and gas shooting up in the past three months,” he said.

Patel said the government would still bear a burden of Rs.546 crore by way of the subsidy given to the power distribution companies.

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