State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid has ordered all Palli Bidyut Samity (PBS) to issue connections to homes within a day of applying.
Speaking at a conference of the general managers of PBSs organised by the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) yesterday, the state minister said the government was taking strict initiatives to crack down on field-level corruption in rural electrification.
He also instructed the PBSs to connect industrial consumers within 28 days of applying.
“National power consumption per capita now is 407 Kilowatt-hour (kWh). If we want to become a middle-income country then the consumption should be 1 Mwh,” he said.
The state minister urged everyone to work hard to get electricity to the entire nation by 2018.
Power Division acting Secretary Ahmed Kaikaus said: “Distribution companies cannot provide power outside of their designated territory. Action would be taken against those who violate this rule.”
Mohammad Hossain, Director General of Power Cell, said: “In rural areas people do not get enough power regularly due to the poor transmission system.”
He requested that renovations to power transmission be brought under Power Grid Company’s National Load Dispatch Center across the country.
BREB Chairman Maj Gen Moin Uddin said that the incidence of transformer blasts has now declined.
Among the 79 PBSs under the BREB, system loss has increased in 13 PBSs where the percentage of raise is 2%.
In the remaining 66 PBSs, system loss has been reduced by 1%.
Kishoreganj Palli Bidyut Samity’s President Sadikur rahman said: “Due to 132 kV overload of transmission line in Kisorganj, frequent and long load shedding takes place.”
Bhola Palli Bidyuit Somity’s General Manager Md Kefayetullah said: “We have to face massive costs when connecting new lines and we have to sell per unit electricity for Tk 6.04, even though we need to spend Tk6.62 in per unit. So the government should give us subsidy.”