The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has meted out a severe shock by raising power tariffs by up to nearly 7 per cent.
The revised tariffs come into effect from Monday and are expected to add Rs 902 crore to KSEB kitty.
For domestic subscribers, there will be an increase of up to 40 paisa per unit. Fixed charges too go up on the basis of tariff slabs. The revised rates would not affect those using up to 40 units a month. Those using up to 50 units would see a Rs 5 hike in their monthly bill.
Though the proposal to hike tariffs had been pending with the Government, action was put off owing to the Lok Sabha elections. The regulatory commission had earlier decided to revise the charge for two years which would now be for three years.
The revised rates would not be applicable for BPL families. Cancer patients and people confined to beds following grievous accidents will get deductions.