Tk 1.6b electricity bills unpaid by DSCC, DNCC

Special Correspondent

3 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) has expressed unhappiness about Tk 158 crore unpaid electricity bills by Dhaka north and south city corporations.

The DPDC disclosed the information at a hearing organised by Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on retail power tariff at the TCB auditorium in the capital on Monday.

BTRC Chairman Monowar Islam, members of the regulators, consumer association of Bangladesh energy adviser Dr M Shamsul Alam, DPDC managing director Bikash Dewan and stakeholders attended the hearing.

“We have unpaid electricity bills of Tk 640 million by Dhaka North City Corporation and another Tk 940 million by Dhaka South City Corporation,” DPDC executive director ATM Rarun-r-Rashid said.

He said the company plans to snap the electricity line next January if the corporation will fail to pay the outstanding bills.

The DPDC has proposed to allow Tk 1.24 per unit distribution margin with the bulk tariff at the hearing.

Besides, Dhaka Power Supply Company (DESCO) managing director Shahid Sarwar suggested a rate of Tk 0.81 per unit.

Responded to the DPDC proposal, Prof Dr Shamsul Alam said it should be reviewed about initiate illogical project cost by distribution companies before addressing the tariff hike proposals.

“Illogical and unnecessary projects costs have raised the distribution cost,” he said.

Ganasanghati Andalan convener Jonaid Saki has raised a question on comparative power tariff hike considering with India and the US.

“Per capita income doesn’t consider to address the power tariff hike that suffers the middle- and marginal- income people here,” he said. Responded to him, BERC member Mizanur Rahman said the electricity production cost depends on fuel tariff.

“If the liquid fuel tariff cost increases, the power production tariff can be raised as per the retrospective effect,” he said.

So, the BERC has considered to raise the power tariff in the line with the liquid fuel tariff hike, he said.