Gas crisis on first day of Ramadan

BERC hikes price of 12kg LPG cylinder by Tk48

Residents in many parts of Dhaka were left without gas on the first day of Ramadan yesterday due to a blunder in the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company maintenance schedule.

Residents of Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, some parts of Mirpur, Bashundhara residential area, Azimpur, Lalbagh, Narinda, Wari, Tikatuly, Green Road, Motijheel, and Agargaon told this correspondent they had no gas supply throughout the day, causing severe problems for iftar and seheri preparation.

The Mogbazar, Khilgaon, and Banasree areas have also had no gas supply since early yesterday.

Tajul Ahmed, a resident of Bashundhara residential area, said: “Even after placing the rice on the stove two hours before seheri, it was not cooked. The amount of gas was extremely low. We barely managed to eat in the last 10 minutes of the seheri window.”

Yesterday afternoon, Agargaon resident Sanjana Payel said: “I cooked two vegetable items in the last 3 hours. The stove is burning so low that I am not sure whether I will be able to make iftar.”

Satyajit Ghosh, general manager of the Dhaka Metro Marketing Division (South) of Titas, acknowledged the shortage of gas in some areas.

“I have been receiving complaints from many areas in Dhaka since this morning. I have heard the north zone is also facing such issues. I have been informed by our operations department that the crisis has been created due to a shortage of gas supply from the producing plants,” he said.

When asked about the matter, Titas Director of Operations Selim Miah told Dhaka Tribune the gas shortage was the result of maintenance work at the Bibiyana Gas Field in Habiganj.

“Hopefully, the situation will be normal by tomorrow. The city dwellers will not face any shortage of gas during Ramadan, including at seheri and iftar time,” he said.

BERC hikes LPG prices

The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has increased the price of 12kg Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) gas by Tk48 effective from 6pm yesterday.

As a result of the increase, consumers will now have to spend Tk1,439 for a 12kg LPG cylinder, instead of Tk1,391.

Furthermore, the price of Autogas has been raised to Tk67.02 per litre from Tk63.07.

BERC chairman Abdul Jalil blamed the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on the Saudi contract price and changes in the Taka-dollar exchange rate for the increase.

“Now the exchange rate is Tk85.25 per dollar, as compared to Tk85.07 earlier,” he said.

He added that the Saudi contract price had risen to $953 from $911.25 per metric ton.

"It is hard to predict whether the price will go up or down in the current global situation," he said.

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