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KESC's head office.—File Photo
KESC's head office.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) notified on Wednesday a cumulative increase of about 93 paisa per unit for consumers of the Karachi Electric Supply Company for eight months (June 2012-January 2013) and ordered its recovery during the billing month of June.

The tariff increase on account of monthly fuel adjustment will not be applicable to domestic consumers using up to 50 units per month. Nepra had separately approved monthly fuel-based tariff adjustments in the past but the notifications had been put on hold because of a stay order of the Islamabad High Court.

Now that the stay order has been vacated by the court, Nepra has issued eight notifications for the period starting in June last year. Because of the approval of the tariff adjustments in one go, the net impact has been estimated at 93 paisa per unit. Under the notifications, the fuel-based tariff for the KESC has been increased by 17 paisa per unit for June 2012, followed by reductions of 7 paisa, 37 paisa and 40 paisa for July, August and September. For October, the tariff has been worked out at 35 paisa higher, followed by a 10 paisa increase for November, two paisa for December and Rs1.13 for January.

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N K Ali May 30, 2013 11:37am

Is this justified when there is a a backlog of recovery from defaulters? The NAB recently cracked down on electricity defaulters and a fraction of the outstanding was recovered, will NEPRA please make publicly available a list of the defaulters, amounts recovered and balances outstanding? or is it necessary to protect the reputation of the defaulters. Salams

Ahmed May 30, 2013 09:34am
I had written KESC on their given email address for removing illegal connections so many times, but KESC officials are reluctant to eradicate this nuisance which means they are also receiving their share because their own staff is selling the Kundaa Connections at every nook and corner to hand carts selling various items as well as sugarcane juice sellers. We are the worst affectees who pay their bills regularly which also contain price for stolen electricity. Supreme Court must take suo moto action against KESC for this lapse. I see 90% people of Karachi are using Kundas for saving electric bills while KESC inspecters are quite blind that in residential areas a person is using all the electric household items but his bill is less than 50 units. It is easy way out to further burden the honest citizens with increase in tariff. This is the nakes cruelty of KESC.