The consumer rights group has opposed the operator’s demand for increasing the price of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at Tk1,381 from Tk1,100. It requested the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) to proceed on the issue averting litigation as energy regulator held a public hearing on price refixing on last Monday at BIAM Auditorium.
Since April 12, the BERC has been refixing the price on a monthly basis for which the LPG Operators of Association of Bangladesh (LOAB) protested stating that no consideration has been given to costs which would lead to loss in business appealing to consider the losses.
As stated by the advisor of the Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB), the operator has not provided the accurate information regarding the LPG price. The operators are demanding to increase shipping charge from $69 per tonne to $126. For India, the shipping charge is $20.
The advisor is also questioning the increase of price from Tk1,100 to Tk1,381.
Meanwhile, the president of the LPG Auto Gas Station and Conversion Workshop Owners Association demanded that LPG prices be fixed on a yearly basis instead of a monthly basis. He requested to fix the LPG price at Tk45 for every liter. Additionally, he also demanded a commission of Tk8.0 for every liter for the owners of the autogas stations.