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Pakistanis to pay billions in fixed charges added to gas bills

03:14 PM | 22 Dec, 2023
Pakistanis to pay billions in fixed charges added to gas bills
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ISLAMABAD – Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has silently imposed monthly fixed charges on the gas bill, starting from November 2023, in order cover its losses.

The imposition of the fixed charges would put an additional burden of approximately Rs60 to 70 billion on consumers, who already facing inflation. Reports said the company took the decision after consultation with the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).

As per the decision, protected consumers using 0.9 hectares of gas will pay a monthly fixed charge of Rs400. Non-protected consumers using 1.5 hectares of gas will pay an additional bill of Rs1,000 per month. Consumers using more than this limit will pay an additional fixed amount of Rs2,000 monthly.

Reports said even a consumer whose usage is zero will also pay Rs400 in wake of fixed charges. These monthly fixed charges have been added with the approval of the government and it will be applicable to eight million consumers.  

The consumers can challenge the imposition of monthly fixed charges only in high court. SNGPL provides services in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Islamabad.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 13 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 13, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 40.05 40.45
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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