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Power outage hits Bhola

Update : 12 Aug 2013, 06:19 PM

Power outages have taken over the river isolated coastal district of Bhola since Saturday night, affecting at least 2m people.

Hospitals and factories are in crisis due to the lack of power.

Ice factories in the region are facing the worst of it, as it has become very difficult for them to preserve hilsa during the peak season. People took to the streets across the region to protest the disruption in power supply.

They formed a human chain, held a rally and procession on Sunday across the district, demanding that immediate steps be taken to restore electricity.

Power supply was disrupted after Bhola’s 34.5MW gas-fired power plant, installed by India’s Alstom Company came to a halt following a technical glitch, said Bhola Rental Power Plant Manager Hafizur Rahman.

He said they contacted the Alstom Company, which assured them that they would send an expert by Tuesday to identify faults in the generator.

The power plant also stopped functioning last February, and it took two months to repair.

On the other hand, the submarine cable on Kalabadar-Tetulia River also stopped working since last month due to a mechanical failure. Making it impossible to draw power from the national grid, said Abdul Majed, executive engineer, West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCO) at Bhola.

Steps are yet to be taken to locate fault in the five-kilometre-long Bhola-Patuakhali and seven-kilometre-long Barisal-Bhola submarine cable lines.

WZPDCO residential Engineer Mohammed Ali said it was not possible to draw power from the national grid because of the fault in the Bhola-Patuakhali submarine cable lines.

Even the 2MW generator in Bhola Power House has also been out of order for a long time, he added.  

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