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New power tariffs effective from Sunday, AL dismissive of impact

  • Published at 09:29 pm February 29th, 2020
Prepaid electricity meter Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Notably, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority raised each unit of domestic and commercial water tariff by 24.97% and 8%, which will be effective from April 1

The higher prices of electricity at both the retail and bulk level come into effect from today amidst criticism from users, political parties, and consumer rights groups.

However, the ruling Awami League party says it will not have much impact on the lives of the people as it finds the amount to be “small.”

The government on Thursday hiked retail electricity prices on a weighted average by Tk0.36 or 5.3% to Tk7.13 per unit. The per unit bulk electricity price was raised on a weighted average by 8.4%, or  Tk0.40—to Tk5.17 from Tk4.77.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said yesterday at a press briefing at the party chief’s political office in the capital’s Dhanmondi, that the people will not suffer due to the “small” hike in power and water tariffs .

“The prices of electricity and water were increased a little in order to ensure smooth supply. This is because the government is subsidizing not only power, but also water,” he added.

Notably, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority raised each unit of domestic and commercial water tariff by 24.97% and 8%, which will be effective from April 1.

Obaidul said that the government's plan is to bring all households under 100% power coverage marking the Mujib Year, to be celebrated from March 17, 2020, to March 26, 2021.

“Summer is nearing and in order to eliminate the suffering of the people then, we want to ensure uninterrupted power supply. The masses will benefit from it despite the little inconvenience (the tariff hike),” Quader said.

Besides consumers, BNP, left-leaning organizations, and consumer rights bodies have been criticizing the power and water tariff hikes.

This is the fifth hike in power prices at the retail level, and a third hike at the bulk level since the Awami League came to power in 2009.

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