NEA proposes power tariff reduction for households


, January 28

In a bid to ramp up consumption, Electricity Authority has prepared a draft ‘ tariff rate’ reducing power tariff levied on households.

This is the first that the power utility has proposed a tariff rate aimed at encouraging household consumption in contrast to its earlier targeting minimum use of electricity.

Stating that while the per unit rate of electricity rises along with the quantum of consumption at present, the draft has proposed reducing the rate as consumption increases, informed Prabal Adhikari, spokesperson for NEA.

As per the existing tariff rate, general consumers pay five rupees per unit for consuming up to 20 units. The rate shoots up to Rs 13 per unit for consumers of above 400 units. The proposed draft hikes the rate for minimum consumption of up to 20 units to Rs 11.5, but the rate drops to three rupees per unit for consumption of over 400 units.

According to Adhikari, NEA has also proposed not to impose service charge for consumption of less than 20 units per month. NEA charges three rupees per unit as service fee.

The draft was tabled at the NEA board a month ago and it will be approved in the next board meeting,scheduled towards the end of the week.

“Following a go-ahead from the board, we will forward the draft to Nepal Electricity Regulatory Commission for final

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