ISLAMABAD-Much to the dismay of inflation-hit masses, the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) has hinted at further hike of upto Rs 2.27 per unit in power rates to be passed onto the consumers if approved, it was learnt. Financial wizards at the same time argued that on the one hand NEPRA is exploding power bombs after each month by increasing power rates while on the other hand Water and Power Ministry is leaving no stone unturned to give further hike of upto 4 per cent in power rates despite the unwillingness of the Law Division. Sources informed The Nation that power consumers should get ready to face another jolt as the CPPA has hinted at an increase of upto Rs 2.27 per unit in power rates to be passed on to consumers if approved by the NEPRA. They told that the regulatory authority has earlier determined Rs 4.71 per unit electricity as a reference fuel cost for the month of October, which in real remained at Rs 6.74 per unit. They were of the opinion that a crisis-ridden country is likely to face another shock in form of reference tariff on fuel cost so the Pakistani people should get ready to face another 'electric shock, as the Central Power Purchasing Agency has filed a petition in National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) seeking hike upto Rs 2.27 per unit in electricity prices under the head fuel adjustment for the month of October. It was also learnt that though prices of furnace oil increased in October yet hydel power and power generated with gas also remained comparatively low if compared with the power generation of last year. Sources further informed that earlier, Lahore High Court has given stay order against the adjustment sought for the month of September so because of that NEPRA is likely to give its verdict by next week either to hear this petition of adjustment or not. It is important to note here that NEPRA in last three months has already passed on Rs 6.85 per unit to the power consumers of the country under the head of fuel adjustment. The NEPRA has increased the power prices by approving the fuel adjustment sought by the CPPA in July, Rs 2.04, in August Rs 3.04 and in the month of September Rs 1.77 per unit in power prices thus increasing the woes and worries of the over- burdened power consumers. It is worth mentioning that Ministry of Water and Power and Law Division are at loggerheads over the imposition of four per cent surcharge in power tariff as the latter is unwilling to approve it and takes it a contempt of court. Resultantly, the Power Ministry is facing difficulties and is also in a fix, as Law Division has so far not approved the imposition of four per cent surcharge. Furthermore, the Law Division has already rejected imposition of six per cent surcharge on electricity in October. Further, on May 6th, Lahore High Court (LHC) has given stay order against the imposing two per cent surcharge on the power consumers of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) region.