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Dhaka Sunday,  Aug 19, 2018

Household Consumer of Gas on the Rise:Titas formed Investigation Committee

Rafiqul Bashar

The number of consumers of household gas connections is increasing by a significant margin every year while initiating new gas connections to households is stopped for years. Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd have formed a committee to investigate the matter and the committee is destined to submit their report within 25 working days. The 7 member investigation committee is led by Titas General Manager (South) Md. Aminul Islam.

Titas, the state-run Transmission and Distribution Company has recently published their annual report which says that, their household consumers were increased by 0.7 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year. This escalation in consumer number is not definitely acceptable while the government has not been giving any new household gas connections for years. The investigation will be investigating the reason for such escalation in number of household consumers.

According to the related sources, the government has stopped providing the households consumers with new gas connections almost 7 years ago amid country’s depleting gas reserves. A special committee is only allowing industrial connections. In a situation like this, Titas has increased its household consumers by 7 lac in one fiscal year.

Earlier in 2013, the government allowed the illegal gas connections to make legal with due procedure. Four years later, that process is still going on.

According to the Titas’s report, the number of its domestic consumers has grown by 35 percent between July 2016 and June 2017. Its household consumers numbered nearly 2.01 million until June 2016 and within a year it jumped to 2.71 million. So, within one year the consumer increased by 7 lac 11 thousand and 523.

In 2016-17, Titas made profits of Tk 5.06 billion from the sale of 17,018 million cubic meters of gas.

One of the high officials of Titas said that, Titas’s IT system was ‘modernised’ in the 2016-17 fiscal year, which included ‘updating the ledger-based records of household consumers on a database.’ He added that, the ‘updating process’ caused the number of consumers to rise. He also added that, they have 26 zonal offices and they lacked coordination.

Highlighting pilferage of gas, the annual report claims that, Titas has disconnected over half a million connections in 2016-17 and most of them were household links.

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