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Chandigarh Residents Face Possible 19.44% Increase in Electricity Tariff

Chandigarh Electricity Prices increased

Chandigarh Residents to Face Steep Increase in Electricity Tariffs

Chart of New Electricity Charges

No.CategoryFixed Charge (Rs./kW/month)Energy ChargeFixed Charge (Rs./kW/month)Energy Charge
(Rs./kWh)(Rs./kWh)
1Domestic Supply
ADomestic LT
10-150 Units152.75402.75
2151-400 Units4.254.9
3401 and above units4.655.5
BDomestic HT4.35
2Commercial
ACommercial LT
10-150 UnitsINR. 25/kW/Month for Single Phase INR. 100/kW/Month for Three Phase4.5INR. 50/kW/Month for Single Phase INR. 130/kW/Month for Three Phase4.5
2151-400 Units4.74.7
3401 and above Units56
BCommercial HT1004.51305
3Industry
ALarge Industry2004.52405
BMedium Industry2004.22404.35
CSmall Industry304.31004.5
4Agriculture
AAgriculture02.603.5
5Public Lighting
Public Lighting system managed by Municipal Corporation, Panchayat and Street Lights maintained/
Aoutsourced to an external agency1004.81605.6
Advertisement/ Neon-sign Boards Advertisement boards, billboards (apart from advertisement boards installed on commercial establishments and charged under commercial tariff)1006.42006.8
B
6Bulk Supply
ABulk Supply1504.22504.6
7Temporary Supply
Tariff shall be Fixed/ Demand charges (if any) plus energy charges (for relevant slab, if any) under corresponding permanent supply category plus 50% of both.Tariff shall be Fixed/ Demand charges (if any) plus energy charges (for relevant slab, if any) under corresponding permanent supply category plus 50% of both.
For multi activity pursuit, applicable Tariff for temporary connection shall be with reference to that of commercial category forFor multi activity pursuit, applicable Tariff for temporary connection shall be with reference to that of commercial category for
permanent supply.permanent supply.
ATemporary Supply
8EV Charging Station
AEV Charging Station03.604.00*

Chandigarh’s residents and businesses are bracing for a significant surge in electricity costs, as the UT Electricity Department has proposed an average 19.44% hike in the existing power tariffs for the fiscal year 2024-25. The proposal, which is currently pending approval from the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), outlines increases across various categories of domestic and commercial power consumption.

The proposal submitted to JERC seeks to revise both fixed and energy charges. For domestic users, the fixed monthly charge is set to nearly triple from Rs 15 to Rs 40. Energy charges for consumption between 151 to 400 units will increase from Rs 4.25 to Rs 4.90 per kWh, and for those using more than 401 units, the rate will rise from Rs 4.65 to Rs 5.50 per kWh.

Notably, there will be no increase in the charge for the first 150 units, remaining at Rs 2.75 per kWh, which will benefit lower consumption users. In the domestic high tension (HT) category, rates are proposed to go up from Rs 4.30 to Rs 5 per unit. Additionally, the rate for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will see an increase from Rs 3.60 to Rs 4 per unit for HT supply.

This tariff revision is part of the department’s strategy to generate an expected revenue of Rs 1,059.03 crore during the 2024-25 financial year, addressing the department’s growing revenue needs. According to the department’s statement, the increase in rates is essential for meeting the anticipated revenue requirements for the upcoming year.

As of fiscal year 2022-23, Chandigarh had a total of 234,269 electricity consumers. The proposed changes aim to accommodate an expected increase in the number of consumers to 238,256 by the end of fiscal 2024-25, which includes a rise in both domestic and commercial low tension (LT) subscribers.

The department’s proposal is now awaiting the green light from JERC, with no increases to be implemented without the commission’s approval. If sanctioned, the new rates will impact a broad spectrum of the city’s population, from individual residents to large-scale industrial consumers.

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