Thiruvananthapuram: Minister of Electricity, K Krishnankutty, will hold a meeting with high-level officials to decide on raising increasing the electricity charges. The Kerala State Electricity Board said that electricity production is slashed due to scarcity of rainfall in the catchment area. A decision will be taken today about increasing the cess on electricity.
The other day the minister had said that if we receive good rainfall then there is no need to raise the price of electricity. However, if there is a shortage of rainfall then electricity charges will be increased.
As there is a shortage of water in the dams, electricity must be purchased from outside. The charge of buying electricity from outside will cost Rs.10 crore per month. Kerala is consuming 63 lakh units of electricity in a single day. It is estimated that the consumption will increase during Onam season.
As the consumption is set to increase in the coming weeks, more electricity must be purchased from outside. The only way is to increase the electricity cess. Even Idduki Dam, which is the biggest dam in Kerala, currently has water up to 39% of its total capacity.