People of Munshiganj town on Monday demanded replacement of pre-paid electricity meters with older ones.
They came up with the demand after forming a human chain on Kacharibazar Road in the town around 11:00am. Munshiganj municipal ward no-1 councillor Farhad Hossain Abir presided over the programme.
The demonstrators gave one-month ultimatum to the authorities concerned to remove the pre-paid meter connections.
They also said they would go for tougher movement if their demand was not met.
‘A family has to pay Tk 16,000 to Tk 18,000 for setting up a pre-paid meter connection which is a burden for middle and lower income groups,’ Farhad told New Age.
‘Earlier per unit electricity cost was Tk 10 but now the cost is around Tk 40, which is nearly unbearable,’ he said.
He also said that if any fault was occurred in pre-paid meter, one subscriber had to purchase another pre-paid meter at his/her own cost, which was unacceptable.
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi Munshiganj unit general secretary Hamida Khatun was also present at the human chain programme, among others.
The demonstrators also asked the authorities concerned to stop harassment of subscribers by the law enforcement agencies.