Without any consultation with the stakeholders, increasing gas price would adversely affect people, said joint secretary general of the party Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal at a press briefing in the party's Nayapaltan headquarters.
Alal said, “According to Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission’s (BERC) rule, there is no scope of hiking gas price again within a year. It is a big question among the people why Titas Gas Company (TGCL) has brought the proposal right now.”
TGCL was not in loss, then why it wanted to increase the price, asked the BNP leader, adding, “We protest such move.”
Alal said, “If the government push people into sufferings, people will be compelled to take to the street.”
Titas submitted a proposal for increasing domestic gas prices from the existing Tk 600 and Tk 650 for single and double burners to Tk 1,100 and Tk 1,200 respectively - which is actually more than 80% increase.
It also asked to increase prices in the power sector, industries, commercial establishments, CNG filling stations, captive power plants and fertiliser factories.
An eight-day public hearing on gas price increase is going on in the capital.