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Nasrul: Everyone to have access to electricity by June

  • Published at 07:01 pm January 1st, 2019
Nasrul Hamid
File photo of State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid Dhaka Tribune

The state minister said Bangladesh needs US$40 billion investment in its power sector to meet the country’s requirement

The government will be working to bring the whole country under electricity coverage, said State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid on Tuesday.

"Everyone will have access to power within the next six months," he told reporters at the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, a day after the ruling alliance won an overwhelming victory in the national election.

"92% of the population already has access to electricity," Nasrul said,reports UNB."Our goal will be to provide uninterrupted electricity at an affordable price, and it is one of government's biggest challenges."

The state minister said Bangladesh needs US$40 billion investment in its power sector to meet the country’s requirement.

The government might review the Power System Master Plan 2016 to accommodate more options for importing electricity from India, Nepal and Bhutan, he said.

"Importing power is relatively cheaper than generating it locally," Nasrul said, without giving details.

Bangladesh will also start exporting electricity to Nepal from next winter, when the local demand decreases, he added.