SCCI demands withdrawal of recent hike in electricity tariff

10 October 2020

PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has rejected the recent increase in electricity tariff up to Rs0.83 per unit and termed it as unjust with general masses, especially the business community, demanding the decision should be withdrawn immediately.  

KP is producing low cost electricity despite that it was purchasing electricity on exorbitant rates, which was completely unfair and unjust with people of this province, Sherbaz Bilour, president of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said while talking to a delegation of traders’ community here at the chamber house on Friday.  

He said the cost of industrial productivity has not increased due to gradual increasing prices of electricity, but it has also surging rates of daily essential items, which are directly affecting the poor masses.  

Members of the traders’ delegation include president All Pakistan Hotels and Restaurants Association Khalid Ayub, president Shafi Market Peshawar, Akbar Ali, Haji Naseer, Asif Khan, Haji Daud Khan, Zubair Khan and Faiz Rasool and others were present during the meeting.  Engineer Mazoor Elahi, Senior Vice President of the SCCI also present on the occasion.

Sherbaz Bilour assured the traders delegation that a special committee at the chamber level would be constituted, which will identify issues pertaining to electricity, gas, wedding halls, restaurants, and other businesses.

SCCI chief said the hike in electricity tariff from October 01 would affect the national economy, especially the manufacturing sector, which would subsequently halt the industrial process.

On one hand, he said the government was increasing prices of electricity, while electricity is not supplying smoothly to industries, saying that the issues like, tripping, low voltage and electricity loadshedding are badly affecting industrial productivity and process.

The chamber president demanded the federal government to immediately withdraw the recent hike in electricity tariff and to ensure uninterrupted power supply to industries across the province.