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10 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Gas price hike to remain in force

HC rejects writ against hike
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The recent hike of gas prices will remain in effect as the High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition challenging the legality and seeking a stay order on the government notification to increase the gas prices. The HC bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the petition considering that it was not placed before the court properly.

Both the defence and prosecution lawyers said that the government decision of hiking the gas price will remain effective following the High Court order.

Supreme Court (SC) lawyer advocate Eunus Ali Akond, on July 4, filed the writ petition before the related branch of the HC, seeking a stay order on the government decision to hike the gas price.

The petitioner alleged that the government notice is illegal, as BERC did not hold any public hearing before the tariff hike.

As per the petition, BERC has to take the opinion of the people before increasing the gas price, and it has to give advertisement in newspapers regarding the hike.

The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC), on June 30, decided to increase the gas price by 32.8 per cent for all users from July 1, despite repeated protests from consumer rights groups.

The petition said the government increases the gas price almost every year without any valid reason, which is illegal and unconstitutional.

In the petition, the petitioner prayed to the HC to issue a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the decision to increase the gas price should not be declared illegal.

The energy regulator on June raised the tariff for all users, saying the move would help the government bear the expenses of importing liquefied natural gas.

According to the new tariff, households using a single burner would have to pay Tk. 925, instead of Tk. 750 a month. Those using a double burner would have to pay Tk. 975, in place of Tk. 800.

 

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