Bhubaneswar: Power consumers in Odisha got a relief as the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) Tuesday refused to allowed hike in Retail Supply Tariff (RST) for 2019-20. It also kept the transmission tariff unchanged for the year 2019-20.

This is for the second consecutive year power tariff was not hiked.

OERC director(regulatory affaris) Priyabrat Patnaik said that the power tariff will remain unchanged for domestic consumers, commercial and industrial units for the year 2019-20.

Patnaik said the consumers have to pay tariff at Rs 2.50 per unit for the first 50 units, Rs 4.30 per unit for consumption above 50 units upto 200 units, Rs 5.30 per unit for consumption above 200 to 400 units and Rs 5.70 per unit for consumption above 400 units.

As per the OERC order LT single phase consumer who has made full, timely payment of his energy bill for 12 months of the financial year will get extra rebate equal to his rebate for the month of March.

The Commission has announced to provide 2 % cent rebate to consumers on online bill payments as against 1% rebate allowed earlier.

The OERC had hiked of 10 paise per unit in electricity tariff in 2017-18 fiscal.

There has been an average decrease of approximately 2 per cent in Bulk Supply Tariff (BST) for all discoms.

Tariff order for FY 2019-20 is effective from June 1, 2019. The Commission’s order, in fact, could not be made effected due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct for the general elections 2019.