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Another Electricity BombLAHORE: With the government agreeing to end unified tariff under donor-driven power sector reforms, domestic consumers, especially those consuming between 100 and 300 units, are likely to see their tariff increase further by Rs4.1 to Rs9.06 per unit.

According to the tariff determined by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) for the third quarter (July-Sept) of the fiscal year 2010-11, only two per cent of which has been notified so far, domestic, industrial and commercial consumers are likely to see a steep rise in the tariff.

After the government stops determining tariff from July next year, the power rates will be decided by Nepra.

Because of the oil price factor and about 90 per cent increase in tariff enforced over the past one year, even lifeline consumers will see their tariff going up by 11 per cent.

DOMESTIC: According to the Nepra determination, the tariff for domestic consumers using up to 100 units will rise by Rs4.10 per unit in Lahore, Rs4.05 in Gujranwala, Rs3.80 in Faisalabad, Rs2.95 in Islamabad, Rs4.80 in Hyderabad, Rs4.80 in Quetta and Rs5.60 in Peshawar.

For consumers using between 101 and 300 units, the tariff will go up by Rs4.91 (44pc) per unit in Lahore, Rs4.61 (42pc) in Gujranwala, Rs4.66 (42pc) in Faisalabad, Rs3.66 (37pc) in Islamabad, Rs4.21 (40pc) in Multan, Rs4.66 (42pc) in Hyderabad, Rs4.66 (42pc) in Quetta and Rs9.06 (59pc) in Peshawar. Consumers using 301 to 700 units will see their tariff increase by Rs3.51 (26pc) per unit in Lahore, Rs3.26 (24pc) in Gujranwala, Rs3.01 (23pc) in Faisalabad, Rs1.76 (15pc) in Islamabad, Rs3.26 (24pc) in Multan, Rs2.51 (20pc) in Hyderabad, Rs2.26 (18pc) in Quetta and Rs5.95 (37pc) in Peshawar.

For consumers using more than 700 units, the tariff will rise by Rs2.73 (18pc) per unit in Lahore, Rs1.98 (13pc) in Gujranwala, Rs2.23 (15pc) in Faisalabad, Rs1.23 (9pc) in Islamabad, Rs2.73 (18pc) in Multan, Rs1.23 (9pc) in Hyderabad, Rs1.23 (9pc) in Quetta and Rs5.08 (28pc) in Peshawar.

INDUSTRY: The industry will take the second biggest hit with the tariff rising for both categories (B1 and B2). The tariff for B1 (up to 5KW) will increase by Rs1.10 (11pc) in Lahore, Rs1.10 (11pc) in Gujranwala, Rs1.80 (17pc) in Faisalabad, Rs1.60 (15pc) in Multan, Rs1.10 (11pc) in Hyderabad, Rs1.10 (11pc) in Quetta and Rs4.60 (34pc) in Peshawar.

The tariff for large industries in the B2 category (up to 500KW) will go up by Rs2.21 (23pc) in Lahore, Rs1.71 (19pc) in Gujranwala, Rs2.21 (23pc) in Faisalabad, Rs0.71 (9pc) in Islamabad, Rs2.21 (23pc) in Multan, Rs2.21 (23pc) in Hyderabad, Rs1.71 (19pc) in Quetta and Rs5.21 (42pc) in Peshawar.

COMMERCIAL: For commercial tariff, the increase determined by Nepra is Rs1.47 (11pc) for Lahore, Rs1.82 (13pc) for Gujranwala, Rs1.97 (14pc) for Faisalabad, Rs0.47 (4pc) for Islamabad, Rs2.97 (19pc) for Multan, Rs1.97 (14pc) for Hyderabad, Rs1.47 (11pc) for Quetta and Rs5.32 (30pc) for Peshawar.

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