Power Development Board (PDB) and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC) on 4 March proposed increasing electricity tariff by 15.50 percent and 8.59 percent respectively to help them cut growing losses.
In reply, the technical committee of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) said the regulator might consider increasing the retail tariff by 6.66 percent on average for PDB customers and 7.51 percent for WZPDC customers.
But consumer rights groups and a number of left-leaning political parties outright rejected the power hike process during a public hearing at the Berc in the capital.
There will be public hearing on the proposal of Dhaka Power Distribution Company and Dhaka Electric Supply Company tomorrow and that of Rural Electrification Board on 5 March. The Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) has sought tariff hike to 23.50 percent or Tk 1.10 from Tk 5.53 per unit. The Dhaka Electric Supply Company (DESCO) has sought electricity price increase to 15.90 percent or Tk 0.84 from Tk 5.64 per unit.
The Rural Electrification Board (REB) has sought power tariff hike to 12.58 percent or Tk 0.79 per unit of electricity from Tk 4.49 per unit now.
This was the fifth increase in retail power tariff since the last Awami League government assumed office in 2009. Since February 2011, the commission has raised retail tariff by 43.75 percent to Tk 5.75 a unit from Tk 4 a unit.