Columnist Syed Abul Maksud urged the authorities to control the price of electricity and said the high rates will "electrocute people".
"The electricity price hike hit people like a shock. Please supply us with electricity but do not electrocute us," he said while addressing a press conference organised by Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) at Dhaka Reports Unity.
Speakers said that the price hike would not be required if the Bangladesh Power Development Board stopped its extravagances and corruption.
They urged BPDB to focus on indigenous energy which could help them to provide electricity at a cost effective rate.
Since 2010, electricity has seen seven price hikes at bulk level and nine hikes at retail level.
Last month, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission held a public hearing demanding revision of the electricity price after considering proposals from BPDB and six distribution companies.
The new price is likely to come by the end of this week which will be effective from Jan 1, 2020.
CAB President Golam Rahman moderated the programme while energy expert Professor Badrul Imam, Architect Mubasshar Hussein and CAB Energy Advisor Professor M Shamsul Alam spoke at the conference.