KARACHI – Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has increased meter rates dramatically, dealing another another blow to the already struggling populace.
The monthly gas meter fees appear to be a double whammy for consumers who are already dealing with record costs and unheard-of inflation, especially in light of the recent sharp increases in gas prices.
A gas meter’s monthly fee has recently increased from Rs 40 to Rs 500, and as a result of new regulations, consumers are now required to pay a minimum of Rs 500 each month, even if they do not use gas.
The corporation stated in a notification that these fees will be effective as of January 2023, and clients will be required to pay three months’ worth of arrears in addition to meter rent and gas bill.
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority’s (OGRA) decision has been imposed amid a severe financial crunch, according to media reports citing the spokesperson for the nation’s sole gas provider; however, the decision will not apply to customers with gas bills less than 0.9 cubic hectare in November and December.
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) announced a significant increase of around 124 percent for categories of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines and Sui Southern Gas Company consumers in February of this year.