The cost of gas at Alam Hossain’s house in Kazipara, Dhaka is around 600 taka per month. On the other hand, the cost of Jasim Mallik of Dhanmondi is 975 taka. It’s determined, there’s no fertilizer. The mo of the palm floor. Salimullah’s gas expenditure is like one and a half thousand taka per month.Alam, Jasim and Salimullah are citizens of the same country, residents of the same city. Gas distributing agency Titas has installed pre-paid meter at Alam’s residence. As a result, Alam pays the bill as much as he uses gas. No matter how much Jasim uses, he has to pay 975 taka bill. Even if there is no one at home for a month, you have to pay the gas bill in full.
There is no gas line of Titas in Salimullah’s house. He has to buy private liquid petroleum gas (LPG), which cost each cylinder (12 kg) at Rs. 900
The total customers of six government companies that distribute gas like Titas in the country are 38 lakh. Two million houses have pre-paid meters among them. As a private, the number of LPG users is up to 35 million. These three classes are low cost for those who have gas-connections of Titas with pre-paid meter in their homes.It is not a difficult task to install meters in the house of gas users in the government company’s pipeline. But in 2015, Titas was able to give meters to only two lakh customers with the initiative. There are complaints, Titas will lose huge income by installing meter. That’s why they are not able to sit the meter.Meanwhile using LPG is more expensive. It’s hard to get a rental in a house. As a result, people are leaning towards taking gas-connections in the illegal process by bribe. Titas’s own account says that four districts of Dhaka and surrounding districts have about 245 kilometers of illegal pipeline. Allegedly, these gas-connections were given to Titas workers in yoga. And bills are distributed in different areas.
Former caretaker, Chief Advisor, Fuel Special Assistant Professor M Tamim, noted that theft in gas sector can not be prevented until pre-paid meter is installed. He told a news media, study shows that consumers with pre-paid meters burn 40 percent less gas. Why would a customer pay more gas by burning less, it’s unfair.975 taka bill in 600 taka gas Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) assumes that a two-stove customer can use a maximum of 77 cubic meter of gas per month while setting the price. According to the latest calculations, the price of per cubic meter is 12 taka for 7 taka. However, a customer uses gas 45 to 50 cubic meter per month. Whose price is 570 to 630 taka. If a customer uses less than 33 cubic meter of gas per month, his extra bill has to be paid 416 taka. According to the same, 36 lakh customers of six companies have to pay an extra bill of 1 thousand 800 crore per year, which would not have to be paid if there were meters.Increase in price doesn’t stop even if you take extra bills against less use of customers. Last year also, the price was increased by one point. Earlier the price was 800 taka. When the Awami League government took responsibility in 2009, the price of two stove gas in the house was 450 taka.Japan’s Development Associate Organization Japan International Co-Operation Agency (Zaika) and the government of Bangladesh, Titas plans to install pre-paid meters in Dhaka in 2015 with two lakh customers. It took five years to implement this project worth 499 crore taka.Titas said, a new Titas has taken up a project to install 1 lakh 20 thousand meters. They want it to end by 2022 This means that after 2022, most customers will still be without pre-paid meters.
The company’s managing director Ali Mo. asked whether meters can be installed in 12 districts under Titas, at the speed of the meter sitting. Al-Mamun told the media in a statement that the target of installing pre-paid meters in 2015 project was low. This is not right. He noted the new project of installing one million meters is expected to be completed by 2021Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) wants to know about the progress of installing pre-paid meter with a letter to the Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Corporation or Petro Bangla on July 19 Gas distributing companies were directed to install pre-paid meters in October 2018, it says. So far the measures are not the desired level.Fuel experts think consumers can buy if the government sets a value of pre-paid meter. Electricity meters have the same method. Member of BERC (GAS) Mo. Maqbool-e-Ilahi Chowdhury said on this matter, if the customer is given the opportunity to buy from the market, most of the meters will sit in the house within a year.
Gas-connecting to residents in the country has been stopped since 2009 Since then, the trend of illegal connections is originally created. On the other hand, the use of LPG increases.
From city to village now using LPG.The cost of user families depends on the world market. The price of LPG is very low in the world market now. A cylinder gas of 12 kg is available in the country also between 800 to 900 taka.
Bashundhara LP Gas Head of Division (Sales) Zakaria Jalal told the media that two decades ago when Dhaka people used to get Titas gas at a small price, a cylinder LPG was worth three thousand taka. Now it’s at a stage. He said the government has provided some benefits to the LPG sector, and some problems. The new tax structure on LPG in the 2018-19 fiscal year has been coming with a VAT of Rs. 50 per cylinder. Earlier it was 9 taka. Apart from this, a huge amount of money has to be paid in the name of various licenses, which does not have to be paid to Titas.
Electricity prices are kept low for low income people in the country. The more it is used, the more the price increases. But the gas is different from the image. The slum of the city and the village people have to pay the price of gas the most.
Consumer Rights Organization Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) fuel advisor M Shamsul Alam said that there is no discrimination in gas prices in any country. Inequality is a crime. Titas meter installation project implemented as slow as turtle, he said. Because they don’t want to lose the opportunity to steal gas without meters.
If you want to know what to do with LPG, Shamsul Alam said, first you have to see if LPG is being sold at a reasonable price. After this, subsidy should be given to prevent discrimination. In India, LPG is being given to every house at a subsidy price to provide environment friendly fuel for women’s health protection.