Power tariff: Small traders reject price hike

Association’s Karachi chapter president demands Nepra to reject anti-trader and anti-consumer proposal.

Ppi March 28, 2013

KARACHI: All Pakistan Organisation of Small Traders and Cottage Industries rejected the plan to raise electricity tariff by 61% , terming it anti-people and anti-economy bid.

Association’s Karachi chapter president Mehmood Hamid said that the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) suggested a further 61% hike in the power tariff which was unacceptable.

He demanded of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) to reject this anti-trader and anti-consumer proposal.

Hamid said if this dangerous proposal was accepted about Rs28 billion will be transferred from the pockets of consumers to the power distribution companies.

He said the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) recovered Rs7 billion from consumers in the name of power theft.

He demanded a probe into this matter and refund of this money to Karachi electricity consumers.

He said long spells of power outage coupled with irrationally high tariff are resulting in closure of industries, especially cottage industries in Karachi.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2013.

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