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Government approves increase of up to Rs7.5 per unit in base power tariff

The federal cabinet has given its approval for an increase of up to Rs7.5 per unit in the base power tariff, it emerged on Saturday, after the country’s power regulator raised the national average tariff by almost Rs5 last week.

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority was informed of the decision in a letter dated July 21, a copy of which is available with The power ministry stated in the letter that the federal cabinet had approved the regulator’s proposal seeking price hikes in the uniform tariff.

According to the letter, the retrospective price hike will take effect from July 1 and includes K-Electric among the power distribution companies (Discos).

It said lifeline consumers using up to 100kW per month and the protected segment consuming up to 200kW will be exempted from the hike. Hence, lifeline consumers using up to 50kW will continue paying Rs3.95 per unit while those using between 51-100kW will continue paying Rs7.74 per unit.