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PM: AL govt adds additional 6,675-MW to national grid

Update : 23 Oct 2013, 12:59 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the present Awami League government has added another 6,675-megawatt (MW) of electricity to the national grid and increased the overall power generation to 9,673-MW from 3,268-MW since coming to power on January 6, 2009, reports BSS.

"The Awami League government has completed the installation of 57 new powerplants while 32 more plants are currently under implementation," the Prime Minister said while replying to a question from independent lawmaker Mohammad Fazlul Azim.

She said the government has undertaken short, medium and long term measures for the generation of 24,000-MW of power and deliver electricity to people across the country by 2020-2021. Apart from this, the government has taken steps to renovate/rehabilitate and expansion of transmission and distribution network, she added.

The Prime Minister said the transmission line has been increased by 1,237 circuit kilometers to 91,367 circuit kilometers from 7,930 circuit kilometers.

The number of power consumers has been increased by 3,400,000 to 14,200,000 from 10,800,000 and the percentage of the population enjoying power facilities has increased to 62 from 47, she said.

System losses came down to 14.36 percent from 18.2 percent, she added.

The Prime Minister said the government has completed the setup for a 400-KV transmission line at Bheramara/Ishwardi and a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) substation to import power from India. Initially, the government has started importing of 250-MW of electricity, she said, adding that an extra 250-MW will be imported soon.

The foundation stone of a 1320-MW joint venture coal-fired power plant under a Bangladesh-India friendship programme has already been laid down at Rampal in Khulna on October 3, 2013, she said, adding that this power plant will start generating electricity by 2018.

Additionally, tenders for setting up another five coal-fired power plants with a total generation capacity of 1,500-MW in Dhaka and Chittagong are now underway.

Replying to a supplementary, the Prime Minister rejected allegations of the construction of a coal-fired power plant at Rampal would damage the Sundarbans and urged those who are opposing the plans to not mislead the general people. She said there are coal-fired power plants in Australia and India.

She said the government would never do anything that might negatively impact the environment.

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