ISLAMABAD  -  The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Friday notified increase in minimum gas charges for bulk domestic consumers and commercial gas consumers by 30 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

According to the notification issued by OGRA, the household have been exempted from the increase. However, minimum gas charges for bulk domestic consumers and commercial gas consumers have been increased by Rs1080 and Rs1254.5 per month, respectively.

According the notification in domestic sector, the bulk consumers such as government and semi government offices, hospitals, clinics, maternity homes, government guest houses, armed forces messes, langars, universities, colleges, schools and private education institutions, orphanages and other charitable institutions along with hostels and residential colonies to whom gas is supplied through bulk metres including captive power has been increased from earlier Rs3,600 per month to Rs 4680 per month.

While for all established commercial units with local authorities or dealing in consumer items for direct commercial sale like cafes, bakeries, milk-shops, tea stalls, canteens, barber shops, laundries, hotels, malls, places of entertainment i.e. cinemas, clubs, theaters, and private offices, corporate firms etc has been increased and ice factories has been increased from earlier Rs4,625.6 to Rs5880.1 per month.

The notification further says that in earlier notification issued by the regulator on October 4, 2018, the rates were given for general textiles (including jute) carpets, leather, sports and surgical good. But, now it has been revised and made it mandatory that these prices would be available only to ‘Registered’ manufacturers or exporters of these five zero-rated sectors and their captive powers. The rates have been already given to the Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd and Goth Machi district Rahim Yar Khan, but in new notification Mirpur Mathelo, district Ghotki has been added.

Meanwhile OGRA spokesman said: “No minimum charges in respect of domestic consumers have been revised. Minimum charges of Bulk Domestic consumers have been actually revised from 3600.07 to 4680.09 per month, in line with rate increased under this category. Rs. 1053/month in October 4, 2018 notification was erroneously written which has been rectified. Minimum charges in respect of commercial consumers have been revised from 4625.60 to 5880.10 per month, in line with increase made under this category.”