Even because the State authorities has not filed any evaluate petition over the ability tariff hike, effected in April this yr, a recent proposal by the Odisha Hydro Energy Company Ltd (OHPC) to extend the vitality costs has triggered huge protest throughout the State.
The OHPC on July 28 has proposed to the Odisha Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (OERC) to extend its common energy technology tariff to 95.36 paise per unit from the prevailing 89.28 paise per unit.
Whereas the OERC has already begun listening to on the plea,Opposition BJP, Congress social gathering and the Odisha Electrical energy Shoppers’ Affiliation have strongly opposed the transfer. The Opposition and the patron affiliation contended that if Grid Company of Odisha (GRIDCO) purchases electrical energy from OHPC at greater charge, it’s going to gather greater tariff from shoppers by way of numerous energy distribution corporations (discoms).
Babu Singh, president of BJP Bhubaneswar Organisational District mentioned, “The BJP has hit the road because the Odisha authorities has hiked energy tariff by 50 paise per unit. We warn the federal government to rethink the choice. In any other case we’ll intensify the protest and do no matter wanted to unseat the federal government.”
“We had filed evaluate petitions in opposition to the tariff hike and we strongly protested the transfer through the listening to by the OERC. At this juncture, what’s the want for the State authorities to make one other proposal to hike common energy technology tariff? It’s a well-planned conspiracy to hike the ability tariff,” alleged Odisha Electrical energy Shoppers’ Affiliation President Ramesh Satpathy.
Earlier, the OHPC had proposed to OERC for a median technology tariff of 93.39 paise per unit for 2020-21 monetary yr. Nonetheless, within the tariff order effected from April this yr the OERC had fastened the ability technology tariff at 89.28 paise per unit.
Subsequently, the ability hike difficulty rocked the State Meeting prompting the State authorities to guarantee that it will file a evaluate petition earlier than the OERC to rethink the hike.
In his assertion within the State Meeting, Vitality Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra mentioned the federal government will urge the OERC to rethink the hike in vitality costs.
Whereas the federal government has not filed the evaluate petition much more than 4 months after the peace of mind, the recent attraction of energy technology firm OHPC has irked the Opposition BJP and Congress.
BJP spokesperson Dillip Mohanty mentioned, “Although Odisha is producing surplus electrical energy, the State authorities desires its individuals to buy energy at a better tariff. That is anti-people determination by the federal government.”
“In an effort to quell the protest, the State authorities had lied that it will file evaluate petition on the tariff hike. We condemn the anti-people act of the federal government and can launch huge protest within the coming days,” mentioned, Nishikant Mishra, Congress spokesperson.
In the meantime, members of the BJP took out a protest march to the Odisha Meeting as we speak opposing the hike in electrical energy tariff within the State. A scuffle broke out between the protestors and police personnel through the agitation.