Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission has raised natural gas prices by 22.78 percent to Tk 11.91 per unit, the first increase in about three years, putting more pressure on the families already hit by the rising cost of living.
The decision will boost gas prices across the board, except for CNG users for vehicles who pay Tk 43 per cubic metre. The new rates will be effective from June and remain in force until further notice, according to a statement published by the BERC on its website on Sunday.
People are also likely to pay more to buy products as new gas prices have been increased for the production of power and fertiliser, industrial units and commercial lines.
Household users will pay Tk 1,080, compared to Tk 975, per double-burner stove a month, while the monthly bill for a single-burner stove has gone up from Tk 925 to Tk 990. For customers with prepaid meter connections, the price of gas per unit has been raised to Tk 18 from Tk 12.6.
Power plants will get gas at Tk 5.02 per cubic metre, up from Tk 4.45. Gas prices for captive power plants have been raised to Tk 16 from Tk 13.85 and fertiliser factories to Tk 16 from Tk 4.45.
For industrial units, the gas price was Tk 10.7 per cubic metre. From now, large units will have to pay Tk 11.98, medium units Tk 11.78 and small industries Tk 10.78.
For commercial users, such as hotels and restaurants, the price has been raised to Tk 26.64 from Tk 23 per unit.
Gas prices were last increased in July 2019 by an average of 32.8 percent. This time, BERC held public hearings from Mar 21-24 on proposals from state-owned Petrobangla and six distributors to increase the prices.