Tamil Nadu cuts common EB charges for smaller buildings to Rs 5.5 a unit, ET RealEstate

October 19, 2023

CHENNAI: Here is good news for those living in apartment complexes that have only three floors or less and do not have an elevator. The common power supply charges for such buildings have been reduced from ₹8.15 per unit to 5.5 per unit. An announcement to this effect was made by chief minister M K Stalin on Wednesday.

Speaking at the review meeting in Maraimalai Nagar, Stalin said people in apartment buildings across the state would benefit from the reduction in consumption charges for common supply connections.

Till last year, irrespective of the size or height of the complexes and independent houses, the tariff rate was a uniform 5.5 per unit for common supply connections. Only those that had multiple lifts, swimming pool, treatment plants and RO systems had been paying consumption charges at the rate of 8 per unit. The tariff revision bringing all buildings under 8 per unit category was made after a gap of eight years, and it covered about 3 lakh service connections.

The chief minister’s announcement on Wednesday will still be 1 more than the base price of power for domestic connections, which is 4.50/unit.

Tangedco officials said they would know the exact number of beneficiaries only after the physical audit of the connections is completed. Also, it is not clear if the charges will be a flat 5.5 per unit irrespective of the consumption or it will increase as the consumed units go up.

The consumer may have to wait for a full billing cycle – that is two months – to realise the benefit, as there are procedures to be completed. Tangedco has to calculate the loss it would incur due to the reduction in charges. As the state government has said it would compensate the loss through subsidy, the discom has to petition the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission for approval. Also, physical inspection by the Tangedco personnel maybe required before the tariff is reset for eligible buildings.

The announcement evoked mixed response from consumers.

T Sadagopan of Pattabiram said apartment complexes with lifts should also be exempted from the I-D charges, while V Ramarao of the Federation of Nanganallur Residents Welfare Association welcomed the announcement.

“Though we expected that apartment buildings with 24 houses will be exempted from the I-D charges, the announcement should be appreciated as it will benefit a few lakh residences,” he said.

T T V Dhinakaran, AMMK president, said the announcement was deceptive and wanted the old tariffs to be restored.

  • Published On Oct 19, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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