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High Court questions power tariff hike

  • Published at 03:02 pm May 27th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:58 pm May 27th, 2018
This is the fourth time the LNG supply to the National Grid has been delayed <b>Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune</b>
This is the fourth time the LNG supply to the National Grid has been delayed Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A HC bench issued the rule on Sunday after hearing the writ petition

The High Court (HC) on Sunday issued a rule questioning the legality of the authorities’s move to raise power tariff at wholesale and retail markets, reports BSS.

The court ruling asked the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why it shall not declare the decision of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) taken in November, 2017, to increase the price of power, illegal.

A High Court division bench comprising of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal issued the rule, asking BERC, its chairman, secretary of Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and others to respond to the order.

BERC in its November 23, 2017 order, decided to raise the price of power by an average of Tk0.35 per unit and the decision came into effect in December, 2017.

The tariff was hiked to meet the revenue requirement of power distributors.

Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) convener Engineer Mobassher Hossain later filed a writ against the BERC decision.

After holding primary hearing on the plea, the High Court on Sunday issued the rule.

From September 25 to October 5 last year, BERC held a mass hearing on the tariff of electricity but it did not issue any order on decision of the mass hearing.

“BERC held a mass hearing over hike in power price from September 25 to October 5, 2017. According to the BERC Act to 2003, the commission has to issue an order in 90 days on the mass hearing but the commission did not issue any order on the decision of mass hearing. But without issuing the order, the price of power was increased on November 23, 2017,” said Barrister Jotirmoy Barua, who moved the writ before the court.