ISLAMABAD - Owing to increase in electricity generation cost, Nepra, while raising the tariff of Iesco and Pesco, has jacked up per unit cost of electricity between Rs1 to Rs6.50 thus added woes and worries for hard-pressed power consumers.

It is learnt that Nepra has given its approval to further raise the tariff of Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) for the current financial year, which is already sky high. Resultantly, a tariff hike from Rs1 to Rs6.50 per unit of electricity for domestic consumers while a surge of Rs5 in the tariff of commercial and domestic consumers and a raise of Rs3.30 in per unit of electricity for agricultural consumers of Pesco have been granted this time. Consequently, Pesco will earn hefty revenue worth of Rs114 billion after this hike in the tariff of the company.

Sources further informed that with this similar raise in the tariff of Iesco will further generate heavy revenue worth of Rs85 billion. Consequently, domestic consumers will bear a raise in per unit of electricity between Rs1 to Rs 4.35 while commercial consumers will have to bear a raise of Rs3.50 and industrial consumers will have to pay a hike of Rs2.80 and agricultural consumers will also bear a further jolt of Rs2.73 in per unit which has also been approved by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra).

Sources have, however, feared that if the cash starved government will not offer a subsidy worth of Rs71 billion then the hike will be collected from the over burdened power consumers.