NEPRA raises KESC tariff by Rs 1.60


The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has issued a notification for an increase in power tariff of KESC by Rs 1.60 per unit on account of fuel price adjustment charges.
NEPRA officials said the tariff had been increased under the fuel adjustment charges for the month of January, February and March.
According to the notification, the Karachi Electric Supply Company would collect Rs 1.40 per unit under the fuel adjustment for the month of January.
In the second notification, NEPRA allowed the KESC to collect four paisa per unit under fuel adjustment charges for February in the bills of August, while a third notification issued on Friday said KESC consumers would pay an extra Rs 1.60 per unit for the month of March, to be collected in electricity bills of September.
NEPRA had only on Thursday approved an increase in electricity tariff of 24 paisa per unit under the monthly fuel adjustment formula.
NEPRA has been frequently raising electricity tariff despite failing to control widespread prolonged load shedding across the country.
It claims that the cost of producing electricity is much higher than the revenue generated through its sale to consumers, thus forcing the authority to go for tariff raises.
People across the country have been up in arms against the authorities for continued load shedding in both urban and rural areas and keeping on with raising tariff every other day.
With the power shortfall nearing 4,500MW, urban centers are facing up to 14 hours of load shedding, while electricity remains absent in rural areas for up to 18 hours a day.