UPCL’s exemption in fixed charge from all the major power companies of the country will serve as a lifeline for the industries of the state. This Sanjeevani state will get a rebate of thirty-three percent in fixed charge of electricity bill to all industries.
In the lockdown due to Corona, production stopped in many companies, which affected the economic health of the industries. Industrial units were demanding exemption in the fixed charge of the electricity bill. On the direction of Secretary (Energy), the Corporation held consultations with officials and representatives of industrial units and then proposed this exemption to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Secretary Energy Radhika Jha. Then it was decided that until the Energy Corporation gets an exemption in the fix charge from the companies that provide electricity.
In such a situation, the Chief Minister decided to stop the recovery of the fixed charge till June 30 and the recovery of the fixed charge after the lockdown period in four equal installments between July and October, but industrial units were not expected to get any special relief from it.
Therefore, the Chief Minister, while informing the Union Ministry of Energy, recommended exemption in fix charge by the Central Government Corporations, on Thursday on the instructions of the Union Ministry of Power, power generation and transmission units like NTPC, NHPC, THDC, on behalf of SJVNL and PGCIL, UPCL approved a rebate of Rs 39 crore 42 lakh in fix charge. UPCL will now provide an exemption in fix charge of electricity bill to industries on the basis of this rebate. This rebate will be available on the 57 days fix charge of lockdown. In Uttarakhand, the public curfew started on 22 March and lasted till 17 May. Industrial and commercial activities came to a complete standstill for 57 days. Industrial units, hotels, restaurants, (except Dhabas and Dharamshalas) will get a discount of 33 percent against the fixed charge of the same 57-day electricity bill of 39 crores 42 lakh.
UPCL MD B.C.K. Mishra says that due to the efforts of the government, the relief given to UPCL in the fixed charge by the central government power undertakings will serve as a lifeline for the industries of the state. All industries in Sanjeevani state will get a thirty percent relaxation in the fix charge of the electricity bill.