Pakistan has been going through a severe energy crisis within the past few decades. Our resources are quite limited while our usage is very high. People have been seen complaining government for load shedding without even realizing that Pakistan doesn’t have ample resources to produce electricity to cater to the entire population of the country.
Each year, Pakistan witnessed a severe attack of load shedding in many areas of the country. People living in these areas have to go through a difficult time as they experienced load shedding for the entire day or night and this keeps on happening every single day.
Electricity Unit Price in Pakistan
In Pakistan, all the electricity consumers are being charged on the tariff that is determined by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) and also according to the government orders and notifications.
The Electricity Unit Price in Pakistan is not fixed or exact. However, when discussing the average price of an electric unit in Pakistan, it is Rs 15.53 per kilowatt-hour of electricity (as determined by NEPRA).
The electricity price per unit in Pakistan varies between Rs18 to Rs21. The reason why these rates fluctuate is that the authorities utilize them according to their own requirement. Sometimes, they ease their customers with the low bill by fixing the price of a single unit quite low. However, many times, electricity bills are very high and this happened when the authorities feel that the government is slumbering.
Addition of different taxes
Moreover, the addition of different taxes has also added more to the miseries of the masses. Following are some of the taxes that are included in our electricity bills,
- General Sale Tax (GST) = @ 17% to all consumers
- Electricity Duty = @ 5% to all consumers
- Finance Costing Surcharge = @ 43 Paisa per Unit (Excluding lifeline consumers)
- Neelum Jhelum Surcharge = @ 10 Paisa per Unit (Excluding lifeline consumers)
- TV fees = @ Rs 35/-
Moreover, the per-unit price may vary according to the peak and off-peak hours.
The rate of per unite at the off-peak hour is Rs 9.54 while at the peak hours (7 PM to 11 PM) it is Rs 16.04.
According to the survey conducted in May 2019, almost 20, 658,614 domestic consumers are using electricity up to 300 units while 3,411,806 domestic consumers are using electricity above 300 units per month in Pakistan.
Those domestic consumers who are using electricity up to 300 units get a subsidized rate.
If you are still finding trouble in determining the per-unit price of electricity, then you can also check details on your monthly bill. The authorities have provided a complete detail about how many units are being used and what is the calculation per unit.
While receiving an electricity bill, first check if your meter reading is correct. If your meter reading is incorrect then report authorities about it. However, if it is correct then mark the calculations made by the authorities and you will get a clear understanding of how much they have charged you.