A total of Tk10,000 crore remains unpaid by different consumers, says the State minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said stern action will be taken against utility bill defaulters.
“We have a total of Tk10,000 crore in arrears from different consumers. Of them, Tk4,000 is due as gas bill, while Tk2,000 as oil bill. We have Tk3,000 crore overdue from Biman Bangladesh Airlines alone,” he said while briefing reporters at Bidyut Bhaban in the city on Saturday.
The state minister said they will go for stern action against illegal gas connections in households, and factories. “We will disconnect the lines very soon.”
He said they have listened to different allegations raised by various business bodies, including Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), adding “Gas supply will be ensured round the clock to factories.”
He also said, within two weeks they will form a committee with representatives from the government, and the private sector to identify different problems, and put forward suggestions to resolve those. “We have all the capacities. We will take some long, and short-term plans as well.”
When asked whether the government is going to increase the rate of electricity, the state minister said they were looking into the matter. “We know the prices of almost all products somewhat depend on our sector. So, we are thinking whether or not to increase the electricity tariff.”
Prime Minister’s Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury also spoke at the event with Subir Kishore Choudhury, chairman (secretary) of Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC), in the chair.