'Power cuts inevitable'
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Srinagar, Apr 15: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday said that power cuts in the state were “inevitable” as it faces the highest transmission and distribution losses in the country.
“I supply the 2nd cheapest power in country and have the highest T&D losses. So ‘inhuman’ power cuts are inevitable,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Responding to tweets questioning long power cuts in the state, the CM said the ideal solution to this crisis would be to increase tariffs, but expressed his inability to do so.
“I have the solution. I should charge as much as Himachal charges. Our average price is around (Rs) 2.70 per unit and Himachal is (Rs) 4.78 (per unit). Since I cannot do that, I have to balance moderate tariff hikes with load shedding and measures to control theft and line loss(es),” he added.
While Sikkim provides the cheapest electricity to its residents at Rs 2.21 per unit, Assam is the most expensive state at Rs 5.12 per unit.
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Lastupdate on : Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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