Consumers demand suspension of prepaid power metre installation

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 16:59, Aug 25,2019 | Updated: 23:39, Nov 08,2019


Power consumers under Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited on Sunday demanded the authorities concerned to suspend the installation of prepaid metres saying the system is 'unfair'.

Addressing a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, leaders of Pre-paid Metre Connection Resisting Committee alleged the operation of prepaid metres wais unfair and non-transparent as the DPDC had been realising huge money without showing any proper reasons.

‘We're fed up with the prepaid metres as there's no transparency in its operation by the DPDC,’ Baharane Sultan Baharan, Joint Secretary General of the PMCRC, told reporters.

PMCRC president Haji Md Shahjahan, secretary general Mohammad Yeasmin and other leaders also spoke on the occasion.

They said the DPDC had been deducting Tk 40 per month as prepaid metre rent but it was not clear how long they would continue to deduct money.

Secondly, they said, it was not clear how much of electricity a consumer would be able to consume once he or she recharged Tk 1,000, they said.

They also alleged in the case of getting an emergency balance of Tk 200, the DPDC has been charging Tk 50 as interest.

The leaders claimed that the DPDC has also been charging Tk 200 against master metre per month which is also unfair as the consumers bought such metre at their own cost.

The PMCRC leaders said they would move court to file a writ against the operation of prepaid metres if the DPDC did not stop its installation. They said the DPDC top officials were apprised of the issues during their public hearing.

‘But they've failed to resolve the problems,’ said Haji Md Shahjahan.

He mentioned that the power consumers in different districts, including Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Sunamganj and Khulna, had already held rallies to protest the 'unfair and non-transparent' system of prepaid metres.

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