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Assam: Toll Gate Fee Hike by 10%, APDCL Hike Power Tariff

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The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission issued Tariff Orders modifying the tariffs of APGCL, AEGCL, SLDC, and APDCL with effect from April 1, 2023.

APDCL, APGCL, AEGCL, and SLDC had filed petitions for approval of Truing Up for Fiscal Years 2021-22, Annual Performance Review (APR) for Fiscal Years 2022-23, and determination of Revised Aggregate Revenue Requirement (ARR) and Tariff for Fiscal Years 2023-24 by November 30, 2022.

In its petition, APDCL suggested an increase in fixed costs ranging from Rs 15 to Rs 75 per KW/KVA per month.

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The company also suggested raising energy rates, including existing FPPPA charges (Fuel and Power Purchase Price Adjustment charges), by Rs 1 to Rs 3 per unit for various consumer categories.

Nonetheless, in order to rationalise tariffs and fulfil overall income requirements, the Commission has increased Fixed Charges by Rs 10 per kW/KVA per month for all categories.

The Average Cost of Supply (ACGS) for FY 2023-24 is Rs. 8.02 per kWh, compared to Rs. 9.52 per kWh proposed by APDCL. For fiscal year 2022-23, the ACOS was Rs 8.14 per kWh.

After increases in power prices and vital medicines, the Assam government is now planning to raise the tollgate fare once more.

Rates at as many as seven tollgates in Assam have been increased by 10%, effective March 31 at midnight.

The All India Professionals Congress (AIPC) Assam state chapter, on the other hand, has spoken out against the increase in toll costs at state toll plazas.

According to a news release issued by the President of AIPC Assam state unit and State Congress secretary Gauravv Somani, the National Highway Authority of India has agreed to raise the toll fee for all cars by 5% to 25% beginning April 1.

According to reports, the toll fee in Assam would be raised by 15% in the future. Somani went on to say that the NHAI has been constructing toll plazas throughout Assam without providing recreational amenities, safety measures, fencing, or restrooms for truck drivers and passengers.

It should be noted that the government raised the toll tax by 15% last year, with effect from April 1, 2022; hence, a 15% increase in toll tax every year will have a substantial impact on the pricing of both essential and non-essential commodities in the state.

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