Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Bangladesh has increased the prices of natural gas and power with effect from September 1, 2015, officials said.
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) announced the new pricing of the essentials services at a press conference in the capital Dhaka on Thursday.
Electricity retail price increased by 2.93 per cent to BDT 6.33 a unit from BDT 6.15, according to the announcement.
For household gas use, the tariff for a single burner stove has been increased to BDT 600 a month against the present level of BDT 400 while that of a double-burner stove has been raised to BDT 650 from BDT 450. This is a big 26.29 per cent jump.
“The new tariffs will be effective from September 1,” AR Khan, chairman of the BERC, told reporters.
He also said the power price for irrigation and the consumers who use up to 50 units will remain unchanged.
The price of per cubic meter of CNG has been raised from BDT 30 to BDT 35.
Being pursued by the Awami League-led government, the BERC increased the retail prices of electricity for the seventh time in March 2014 and the bulk price for the sixth time in September 2012.
The Commission, last time, increased the prices of natural gas for all categories of consumers in August 2009.