By R Lester Makang
UKHRUL, June 3: With the Electricity Department, Ukhrul Division bracing to take up backlog of debt/taxes in the wake of recent tariffs hike, power consumers of the district will now have to pay the revised taxes with effect starting from the current month.
“The state electricity department revised power tariffs across the state from April 1 earlier this year, but in the case of Ukhrul the same could not be immediately complied with owing to certain procedural delays,” said K Nabakishore, deputy manager Ukhrul division.
Further disclosing that rates for the previous months for all categories of consumers here had been billed without any change from the earlier rates, Nabakishore stated that this time the same would be re-billed from April 1, 2014 for all consumers in compliance with the new tariffs in order to make up taxes deficit.
As per the revised rates, registered domestic consumers here will have to shell out Rs 3.80/unit as against the previous rate of Rs 2.40/unit, the official continued while adding that the department is going to make it effective from the current month of June.
Meanwhile, the deputy manager has lamented that the absence of a confirmed divisional Manager/EE has badly affected the functioning of the department since the present incumbent EE Dharni who is holding a dual charge along with IED IV at Khuman Lampak could not attend here consistently.
Currently, the Ukhrul power department has a total of 7075 registered consumers. Of which, 4479 are from Ukhrul town, 663 from Phungyar-Kasom Khullen, 623 from Chingai-Kamjong and 1307 from Litan area.
Further, out of the 7075, there are 6479 consumers categorised as domestic, 183 as Kutir Jyoti, 370 as commercial/govt depts, four as public lighting, one as agriculture and irrigation, 13 as cottage industry and SIP, one medium enterprise and bulk supply accounting for 24 connections.