Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has been holding a four-day long public hearing on proposals for raising gas prices since Monday
Left-leaning parties threatened to go for movement like hartal if the government raises gas tariff.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has been holding a four-day long public hearing on proposals for raising gas prices since Monday.
So far, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, Sundarban Gas Company Ltd, Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company, and Jalalabad Gas Distribution Company have placed their respective proposals, and quite surprisingly, all are identical.
Both Bakhrabad and Jalalabad proposed raising gas tariffs for household users by 80% while up to 211% for consumers of different sectors, including power, industry and motorized vehicles.
Left Democratic Alliance staged demonstrations in front of the TCB Auditorium when the public hearing was underway there.
Addressing the rally, its leader Khaliquzzaman warned that people will never accept any hike in gas prices.
Terming the gas price hike move “illogical and unlawful,” Khaliquzzaman said the government has to stop this “farcical hearing.”
"Or else, Left Democratic Alliance will wage a greater movement through tougher action program like hartal."
Meanwhile, taking part in the hearing, consumer rights groups and individual energy experts opposed the proposals, saying the companies can avoid the possible loss in business if they go for improvement of their operation and management.
"Corruption, irregularities and weakness in management are the biggest problem of the gas distribution companies. If they address these problems, they need not to increase gas tariff," said Saleque Sufi, a former senior official of Petrobangla, who now works as an energy expert in Australia.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) leader Ruhin Hossain Prince, who was also present at the hearing, said the people will not accept any hike in gas tariff when they do not get gas in sufficient pressure.