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Power rates unchanged in Delhi, fixed charge up for 3-5kw load

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New Delhi, Aug 31 : The usage charges for power consumers in Delhi will remain unchanged but a marginal hike was announced on Thursday in the “fixed charge” component of the power tariff — between Rs 5 and Rs 75.

The power tariff consists of two components — fixed charge and energy charge. The fixed charge remains constant irrespective of the energy consumed while the energy charge varies per unit according to usage.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) said the “fixed charge” will go up for users with load between 3kw and 5kw.

There will be no change in any of the charges for consumers with 2kw connection, who will continue to pay Rs 40.

Low-end users having an electricity connection of 1kw would not pay a fixed charge of Rs 20, down from the earlier Rs 40.

Consumers with 3kw, 4kw and 5kw connections will now pay a revised fixed charge of Rs 105, Rs 140 and Rs 175 respectively as against Rs 100 earlier.

The latest revision has avoided making any changes in energy charges. The last tariff revision was done in July 2014.

“There is no change in the energy charges (electricity rates) for all categories,” DERC Member B.P. Singh said.

The fixed charge hikes will result in 0.14 to 1.13 per cent increase in power bills of domestic consumers having electricity load of between 3kw and 5kw.

Aiming to help consumers running small-scale commercial establishments, the Commission has extended the domestic category facility to all units having up to 5kw load.

Earlier, this facility was limited to consumers in slum areas only but now it will be applicable across the city.

“Gaushalas” (cow sheds) and paying guest accommodations registered under any scheme of the Delhi government will also be covered under domestic category.

In order to promote pollution-free transport, the DERC has created a separate category for charging stations for e-rickshaws and other e-vehicles with a flat tariff of Rs 5.50 per Kwh.

“The Commission has also accepted the Delhi government’s recommendation for funding an amount of Rs 694 crore towards Pension Trust, to be met by a surcharge of 3.70 per cent payable by the consumers,” Singh said.

This is the third consecutive year when usage charges in Delhi have not gone up.

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Delhi-NCR wakes up to rain

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The national capital on Wednesday witnessed rains in the morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 17.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above season’s average.

“There has been light drizzles in the Delhi-NCR belt since Tuesday night. The sky will remain cloudy throughout the day with light rains. No rain is expected tomorrow,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi continued to breathe “very poor” air  with the Air Quality Index (AQI) at 9 a.m. recorded  355 with prominent pollutants being PM 2.5 and PM 10.

Meanwhile, the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir saw fresh snowfall and rains and according to the Met forecast scattered rains and snow to continue till Thursday.

Kargil in Ladakh region was the coldest at minus 7 degrees Celsius, while Leh was minus 1.4.

Jammu city recorded 15.2 degrees Celsius while Katra was at 11.7.

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2 Killed In Fire At High-Rise In Mumbai’s Andheri

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Mumbai, Nov 13 : At least two persons were killed when a fire broke out on the 10-11 floors of a building in Andheri West, late on Tuesday night, an official said.

The fire was reported around 10.10 p.m. in the middle floors of the 21-storied Kadam Nagar SRA Building on Veera Desai Road, police said.

“The fire has now been confined to electrical wiring, household articles, furniture in a flat on the 10th floor and in some portion of a flat on the 11th floor,” a fire official said.

At least 10 firetenders and other specialised equipment were rushed to the scene to battle the fire.

Rescuers managed to retrieve two victims who were taken to a hospital and were declared dead, said the BMC Disaster Control.

Details of the cause of the fire and the victims’ identity were not immediately available.

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UP cabinet ratifies name change of Allahabad, Faizabad

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Lucknow, Nov 13 : The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday ratified the renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj district, an official spokesman said.

The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also decided that the Faizabad division would now be known as Ayodhya division and the Allahabad division as Prayagraj.

The cabinet also approved the tabling of the report of the Judicial Commission that probed the death of 25 persons in a stampede at Rajghat bridge in Varanasi in October 2016.

The cabinet also approved a proposal to award the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award of Merit to good teachers of the financially unaided schools of the state.

There are 19,275 such schools in the state and under the award scheme, one teacher each from every division would be given Rs 25,000.

The cabinet also fixed the minimum support price (MSP) of maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal and okayed Rs 20 as carrying charges in addition to the MSP.

The procurement would be conducted in 20 districts and a budget of Rs 214.90 crore has been fixed for buying one lakh metric tonnes.

An Amendment (Fifth) in the rule book of the Medical University Service was also made, paving the way for the post of Assistant Professor in place of Lecturer.

The cabinet also approved the transfer of 48.03 square meters of land at the government polytechnic on Faizabad road in Lucknow to the Lucknow Metro and acquisition of 130 buildings around the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi for the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project.

166 houses have already been acquired. The government has earmarked Rs 413 crore for this, of which Rs 190 crore has been sanctioned.

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