Despite public outcry, Nepra asked to hike electricity tariff by Rs2.07/unit
By News Desk
August 29, 2023 03:28 PM
The inflation-hit people who are already on roads against the inflated electricity bills must be ready for another power jolt as the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) has submitted a petition to National Electric Power Regulatory Authority seeking Rs2.07 per unit hike in the power rate, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.
The Nepra will conduct hearing on the CPPA petition tomorrow (Wednesday).
The CPPA has sought Rs2.07/unit increase in electricity price under the head of monthly fuel adjustment charges for the month of July.
Nepra will announce its verdict after conducting hearing on the petition.
In case, Nepra approves the CPPA request, the power consumers will have to bear an additional burden of Rs35 billion.
People have already lost their cool over the inflated electricity bills as countrywide protests have been erupted since Saturday which have made the interim government to summon marathon meetings of the power authorities to come up with some suggestions to provide some relief to people.
The suggestions will be presented before Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar during the federal cabinet meeting to be held later today.
According to sources, one potential suggestion involves a partial cut in electricity bills for August and September, which would serve as an initial relief measure. However, the proposed cuts would be applied to consumers' bills across the six winter months, in a staggered manner, mitigating the immediate load on consumers.