The High Court on Tuesday stayed for six months the government decision for raising gas prices for all consumers in the second phase scheduled to be effective from June 1.
Meanwhile, the court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the government’s move to raise gas prices will not be declared illegal.
A two-member HC bench of Justice Md. Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice J. B. M. Hassan passed the order following a writ petition filed by Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB).
The chairman and the secretary of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Engineer Mobashwar Hossain on behalf of CAB filed the writ with the HC on Monday.
Earlier, on February 23, Gas prices were raised for all types of consumers which will come into effect in two phases as per the decision of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC).
In the first phase to be effective from March 1, household consumers will have to pay Tk 750 for single burner while Tk 800 for double burner in a month.
At present, the gas price is Tk 600 for single burner and Tk 650 for double burner.
The same consumers will have to pay Tk 900 and Tk 950 for single and double burners respectively from June 1.
Similarly, the motor vehicle owners using CNG will have to pay Tk 38 for per cubic metre from March 1 and Tk 40 from June 1 this year.
The gas prices for other sectors, including power, fertilise, industries, commercial ventures and captive power plants, were also raised.