Power tariff revised

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A total of 450 million Indian Rupees is added to the national coffer after power tariff has been revised that came in six years time. Chukha power tariff is revised to Rs 2.25 per unit from Rs. 2 by the meeting between Bhutan and Indian officials held in New Delhi.

Chukha dam
Chukha dam

Economic Affairs Minister Norbu Wangchuk, who led the delegation, said that Bhutan will receive 450 million rupees annually in addition to 3.6 billion until the next tariff revision period. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay made the announcement of the tariff increase at cabinet meeting with media yesterday.

Chukha Hydropower commissioned in 1989 with capacity of 336MW exports about 1700 million units of electricity to India.

The revision of power tariff by India is based on the increase in operation and maintenance cost, growth of hydropower companies in India, among others, according to Kuensel.