'The Dhanmondi substation is going underground, and all underground wiring in the cities also depends on the success of this project'
State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Nasrul Hamid, said that overhead electricity lines and power sub-stations must go underground.
Hamid expressed his plan at a contract signing ceremony with Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC), joint venture firm Hifab Oy (Finland), and Engineers and Consultants Bangladesh Limited (ECBL), for their services in the project for “expansion and strengthening of power distribution of DPDC under its jurisdiction,” at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka yesterday.
Hamid said cables hanging in the cities will go underground and blackouts during inclement weather will be a thing of the past. If substations go underground then lots of land will be restored as well.
DPDC company secretary and Nathalie Tranefeldt signed the contract on behalf of DPDC and Hifab OY, respectively.
Minister Nasrul Hamid also instructed his officials to meet with satellite TV cable and internet cable operators to make sure that the cables they provide to customers go underground as well.
“The Dhanmondi substation is going underground, and all underground wiring in the cities also depends on the success of this project,” he added.
“DPDC should go to the stock market for public funding. Once DPDC enters the stock market, risks have to be shared. DPDC has to be self-sufficient,” he said.
Under the consultation agreement, the consortium will make a plan, conduct survey, design, draw and will do a review of the project. They will prepare a work plan and meet stakeholders for proper implementation of the project. They will make sure the quality of the project is up to the mark.
The consortium also will help to take over the project from the contractor and prepare completion report of the project.
Under the project, power distribution in Dhanmondi, Dhaka will go underground. The first in the country, there will be a warehouse and underground cable set up at Hatirjheel substation. A commercial and residential tower will be built, with 14 new 132/33/11 kV power stations and 26 substations of 33/11.
This Tk 20500 crore project is the largest of its kind in the history of the power sector.
On July 4 this year, a loan agreement was inked with China Exim Bank during the Prime Minister’s visit to China.