Public hearing on proposed power tariff hike begins Monday

Public hearing on proposed power tariff hike begins Monday

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Public hearing on the government’s proposal to raise electricity tariff is set to begin Monday in the city’s TCB Bhaban at Karwan Bazar area.

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will conduct the public hearing from September 25 to October 4 to facilitate discussion by different stakeholders on the proposals submitted by different government entities, mainly power generation and distribution companies including DESA, DPDC and REB.

Earlier six state-owned electricity production and distribution companies submitted their respective proposals to the energy regulator to raise power tariffs at both bulk and retail level.

The hearing on bulk power tariff proposals of the Power Development Board (PDB) will be held on September 25, retail proposals of the PDB on September 26, Rural Electrification Board (REB) on September 27, Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) on September 28, Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) on October 2, West Zone Power Company on October 3 and North-West Zone Power Distribution Company on October 4.

On February 20, the state-owned PDB sent a proposal to BERC to increase the power tariff at bulk level by Tk 0.72 per unit.

According to the PDB proposal, it is necessary to raise the power tariff from Tk4.87 to Tk5.59 in the current fiscal year to cover losses suffered from purchasing electricity from costly rental and quick rental power plants.

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