Power surcharges run into challenges

With the circular debt stock rising beyond Rs1 trillion, private stakeholders have challenged the government move to impose Rs1.55 surcharges on electricity tariff for covering Rs110 billion losses allegedly caused by inefficiencies of power companies.

At a public hearing that was challenged by two interveners for having been arranged on very short notice, a senior officer representing the Power Division — Zargham Ishaq Khan — pleaded that three surcharges worth an average Rs1.55 per unit be notified as part of the consumer tariff to reduce the burden on federal budget.

Published in Dawn, 14th March, 2018