Govt raises electricity tarrif by Rs 2 per unit

* Power tariff for slab of Rs 9.54 per Kwh will go up to Rs 11.77 per Kwh for the consumers of eight discos

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Thursday recommended hefty increase in power tariff by Rs 2.1916 per Kwh for the consumers of eight WAPDA distribution companies. 
The proposed increase in power tariff seeks to increase the power tariff slab of Rs 9.548 per Kwh to Rs 11.77 per Kwh for the consumers, for the month of January based on automatic fuel adjustment. However, this increase would not be applicable to consumers of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation. Total generation amounted to Rs 6,196.56 Gwh worth Rs 72.974 billion requiring the power tariff to be jacked up to Rs 11.77 per Kwh from existing Rs 9.584 per Kwh, revealed the NEPRA decision officially released for seeking public comments or grievances against this decision. 
The power regulator has announced this increase in power tariff on the request of the power distribution companies seeking fuel adjustment for the month of January 2014 and power consumers would be bearing the additional burden in their power bills for the next month. According to the official sources, rising prices of generation fuels like furnace oil, diesel coupled with depreciation of Pak rupee against US dollar in the month of January and rising distribution, line losses and power theft were the main causes for seeking this massive increase in power tariff.

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