NEPRA withdraws relief; domestic lifeline consumers to pay Rs 3.79 per unit more


ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has decided to end provision of cheap electricity to lifeline consumers of domestic category using 50 units a month, and with effect to this decision, power price for these consumers will go up by Rs 3.79/unit. Official sources told Daily Times that the regulatory authority had made a decision to end power supply on cheap rates to lifeline consumers, which are 70 percent of the total domestic consumers of the country.  At present, power tariff for this category of domestic consumers is fixed at Rs 2/unit. A senior official, who wished not to be named, said that lifeline consumers’ tariff would end for five kilowatt load, while tariff of lifeline consumers would be effective only for one kilowatt load, after NEPRA’s decision. Sources also informed that NEPRA had decided to change the tariff for mobile phone towers and it is likely that their tariff would also be jacked up in the near future, as the authority had completed hearing the process on a suo motu notice. Ironically, power consumers are already bearing the heavy brunt of skyrocketing power tariff, coupled with long hours of power load shedding, for a long time. The recent decision of the regulator will add to the miseries of the lifeline consumers. 

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