State-owned Power Development Board (PDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) to utilize 500 metric tons of solid waste for generating electricity.
The PDB will implement the power project at Jalkuri in Narayanganj.
Addressing the contract signing ceremony on Wednesday, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid said the government has a plan to implement more similar waste-to-energy project once this one succeeds.
NCC Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, PDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood and other senior officials concerned attended the program.
Nasrul Hamid said Narayanganj is one of the densely populated city.
"I hope PDB will invite tender within April 15 for implementing 3MW-5MW waste based IPP power project," the junior minister said.
He noted that Dhaka city is now producing over 9,000 metric tons of waste daily.
The minister informed that Bangladesh has already generated highest 10,084MW of electricity on March 19.
"So, we have no problem to supply electricity in the Boro season and summer," he said.
NCC Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy said most of the city corporations are facing trouble to manage city corporation garbage.
She requested Power Ministry to ensure dumping stations in every city corporations so that they can produce electricity from it in coming days.
"Industrial units get land quickly if they apply for it...but city corporations are waiting long times to get the lands for making cities clean and healthy," she said.
Power secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said the government is hopeful about generating maximum electricity to meet 12000MW electricity demand in the summer season.
BPDB Secretary Mina Masud Uzzaman and NCC Chief Executive Officer AFM Ehtashamul Haque signed the deal on behalf of their organizations.