CAB gives 10 days for scrapping power price hike order

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:03, Jan 07,2018 | Updated: 17:16, Jan 07,2018

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Consumers Association of Bangladesh holds a news conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday.-- Sony Ramany

Consumers Association of Bangladesh on Sunday gave 10 days to scrap the order of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission increasing prices of electricity, otherwise, it would go for legal action to realise their demands.

At a news briefing in the capital, CAB president Ghulam Rahman said raising the latest round of power price, the BERC did not comply with the regulations applicable for fixing energy tariff.

The BERC unilaterally and irrationally raised the power prices by 5.3 per cent on an average ignoring legitimated arguments of the consumers during public hearings on proposed price hike held between September 25 and October 4.

‘We will have no other option but to initiate legal process against the BERC if they do not scrap their order within 10 days,’ said Ghulam Rahman, who also served as the chairman of the BERC from September 2007 to June 2009. 

CAB energy adviser M Shamsul Alam described their arguments at the press conference while Mubasshar Hussain read out their demands. 

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