NEPRA approves 43 paisa power tariff hike

* Tariff revision would not affect consumers using up to 50 units and those from Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Power consumers, excluding those from Karachi, will have to pay additional Rs 3 billion and 36 crore in September as the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority on Tuesday approved Rs 0.43 per unit hike in power tariff. Consumers would pay additional payment in monthly bills of September with effect to regulator’s decision. The regulator raised the power tariff on the pretext of fuel price adjustment for July during a hearing held under NEPRA Chairman Habibullah Khilji. However, lifeline consumers who use up to 50 units per month and consumers of K-Electric would not be affected by the tariff revision. According to NEPRA, the tariff has been increased on the request of the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA). The CPPA pleaded to approve the power hike under the head of fuel price adjustment. The authority said around 10 billion 23crore and 27 lakh units were sold to power distributing companies (DISCOs). Total fuel cost of Rs 76 billion 72 crore and 41 lakh was registered for power generation during the said month. NEPRA officials said that power production with high-speed diesel (HSD) was recorded at Rs 20.87 per unit and with furnace oil at Rs15.94 per unit in July. During the NEPRA hearing, KP Member Himayatullah Khan insisted to make public the details of cost of power purchase from various power firms, payments and recovered revenue, adding that it was a serious matter and needed transparency.

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