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SC stays HC’s injunction order over Wasa tariff hike

Earlier in February, the authorities decided to increase the water tariff for households and commercial consumers in Dhaka, effective from April

The Supreme Court has stayed a High Court order that issued an injunction asking Dhaka Wasa not to charge the new tariff till August 10.

The Appellate Division chamber judge Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the stay order for 16 weeks on Tuesday after holding a virtual hearing of an appeal filed by the state.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state while Barrister Aneek R Haque stood for Tanvir Ahmed, the writ petitioner.

Earlier in February, the authorities decided to increase the water tariff for households and commercial consumers in Dhaka, effective from April.

On June 15, Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Tanvir Ahmed filed the writ with the virtual bench in the interest of the public.

On June 22, the High Court issued an injunction asking Dhaka Wasa not to charge the new tariff till August 10.

Under the new tariff ceiling, residential consumers will pay Tk14.46 for each unit (1,000 litres) of water, which is a Tk2.89 or 24.97% hike from the existing tariff of Tk11.57.

On the other hand, the commercial rate has jumped by 8%, or Tk2.96, to Tk40 from Tk37.04 per unit.

According to a circular, Wasa decided to raise water prices in line with government instructions as a means of adjusting production costs, in view of the recent hike in gas and electricity prices, and to balance out sales with production and distribution costs.

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