TNN | May 15, 2018, 15:00 IST
BENGALURU: There was a silver lining to the hike in electricity charges with apartment dwellers set to benefit. The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) rolled out a concession for apartments with sewage treatment plants (STPs) by pairing tariffs with consumer installation.
Until now, all STP operators paid flat commercial rates, but from April 1 (retrospective effect), apartments operating STPs will pay at domestic rates which are considerably lower.
M K Shankarlinge Gowda, KERC chairperson, said the decision was based on several pleas made by apartment complexes and resident welfare association (RWAs). “If the STP is located in a residential apartment complex, the same LT charges (domestic rates) will apply,” he said.
“If it is in a commercial complex, then it would attract commercial rates and in industries it would be industrial tariffs. This would encourage all apartments to set up STPs on their premises,” he added.
The KERC, considering environmental and social benefits, said solid waste processing units across the city will be allowed to pay LT and HT industrial category tariff. “There have been demands to bring them under commercial tariffs as they sell compost. However, considering the environmental and social benefits we have kept them under industrial category,” Gowda said.
The commission has also marginally increased charges by 15 paise per unit for water pumping and supply units both in urban and rural areas. It has also decided to continue the rebate being provided for solar water heaters.