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Nasrul: 100% electricity coverage in 3-4 years

  • Published at 09:49 pm November 11th, 2019
Nasrul Hamid
File photo of State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid Dhaka Tribune

Government working to replace Dhaka’s gas pipelines

Bangladesh will come under the full electricity coverage within the next three to four years, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said in parliament on Monday.

“The electricity coverage will be ensured 100% throughout the country within the next three to four years,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from BNP MP Harunur Rashid during the question-answer session, reported UNB.

The state minister said it took 50 years for South Korea to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply. “But it will not take that much time for us to do so,” he added. 

He also informed parliament that the total number of solar power users across Bangladesh now stood at over six million. 

“There are 508 solar power stations and four solar parks which are adding power to the national grid, meeting the power demands of many consumers through net metering system,” Nasrul said in reply to a tabled question by Treasury Bench member M Abdul Latif.

The state minister further added that the government implemented the Net Metering Guideline in August 2018 to encourage people to use rooftop solar power system.

In reply to another question raised by Jatiya Party lawmaker Syed Abu Hossain, Nasrul said the government was working to replace Dhaka’s old pipelines with new ones, BSS reported. 

“We are working to replace the old gas pipelines in Dhaka to ensure uninterrupted gas supply. The tender for a project regarding this will be floated soon,” the state minister added.

The government is encouraging people to use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) instead of supply gas that is an alternative source of energy that is easily accessible, he said.