Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB)
- A four-day public hearing on gas price hike proposals submitted by six
state-owned gas distribution companies to the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory
Commission (BERC) begins on Monday.
said the hearing will take place at the TCB auditorium, a venue located at the
same building of the energy watchdog where a similar 4-day hearing took place
on power tariff hike proposals.
body will also hold hearing on gas transmission tariff hike proposal submitted
by the state-owned Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL).
The other six gas
distribution companies are Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd
(Titas T and D), Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited, Bakhrabad Gas
Distribution Company Limited, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited,
Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited, and Sundarban Gas
As per government
directives, the six gas distribution agencies earlier submitted their
respective proposals to the BERC to raise gas price.
distribution company separately submitted their respective proposals, all of
them maintained a similarity in their proposals to raise gas price for
different kinds of consumers.
According to the
proposals, the companies sought to raise the domestic users' double burner rate
to Tk 1,000 per month from the existing Tk 450, which will be a 122.22 percent hike.
For the single
burner, the rate was proposed to be raised to Tk 850 from Tk 400, meaning a
hike by 112.50 percent from the existing rate.
proposed to increase the commercial users' gas rate, particularly the
meter-based consumers to Tk 235 per unit from the existing Tk 146.25, showing a
60.68 percent hike from the present price.
users, gas price was proposed to increase by 32.60 percent to Tk 220 from the
existing Tk 165.91.
The rate for
captive power plant was proposed to be raised by 102.94 percent to Tk 240 from
Tk 118 per 1,000 cubic feet gas (MCF).
state-owned power plants, it was proposed to be raised to Tk 84 per MCF gas
from Tk 79.82.
commercial users' rate was proposed to increase 30.55 percent to Tk 350 from Tk
268.09 while tea garden's gas rate was proposed to be Tk 200 from Tk 165, a
hike by 91 (20.55 pc).
The gas utilities
proposed to enhance the rate for CNG gas station by 39.1 percent to Tk 905.92
from Tk 651.29 and at the CNG consumer level Tk 1,132.67 from Tk849.50, a hike
by 33 percent.
companies, the gas price was proposed to increase by 9.71 percent to Tk 80 from
Tk 72.92 per MCF.
As per the BERC
schedule, it will hold public hearing on GTCL proposal on February 2, while the
hearing on proposals of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd
(Titas T and D) and Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited will take place on
watchdog will listen to submissions on the proposals of the Bakhrabad Gas
Distribution Company Limited and Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited on
The hearing on
proposals of Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited and
Sundarban Gas Company Limited will be held on February 5, the concluding day.
right groups, including Consumers' Association of Bangladesh (CAB), social
organizations, left-leaning political parties, including Communist Party of
Bangladesh (CPB) and Gano Sanghati Andolon have registered their names to
participate in the hearing to oppose gas utilities' price proposals.
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