The project is a part of the government’s target to improve power distribution and transmission system
A move is underway to implement a Tk2,000-crore project to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Dhaka's central and north-west zones and major parts of Narayanganj in the next three years.
According to official sources, the Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) has undertaken the project to implement it during the 2019-2022 period as a part of its development program, reports UNB.
“Once the project is implemented, we will be able to build a power distribution system to ensure non-stop electricity supply to consumers living in the major parts of these two cities,” DPDC Executive Director Ramiz Uddin told UNB.
He said the project was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on November 7 last year, during the last meeting of the Awami League-government last tenure.
Of the total project cost, the government will finance Tk1,882 crore, while the DPDC willpay Tk78 crore from its own funds.
Ramiz further said: “Now we are preparing to float the tender to award the contract for the job. It may take a couple of months to complete the tender invitation process.”
Power Division officials said the new project was undertaken as a part of the government’s target to improve power distribution and transmission system after its success in power generation.
They said although the country's power generation reached a benchmark of over 11,000MW capacity through its installed generation capacity of 18,000MW, uninterrupted power supply in the capital and elsewhere in the country has yet to be ensured due to poor distribution and transmission network.
"As a result, many areas face power outage despite surplus power generation," said a senior official at the Power Division.
Officials said the DPDC mainly operates power distribution systems in Dhaka's central and south-west parts and major parts of Narayanganj city, and the project will be implemented in the two cities.
The project will facilitate the uninterrupted power supply until 2030, and another project will be required to continue such facility, they added.
Under the project framework, a good number of old, 33/11kV substations will be replaced with new ones, while 165km of new source lines and 33,157 electric poles will be installed, and 1,642km of overhead lines will be renovated.
Installation of 361km 11kV underground distribution lines and 2,575 transformers have been included in the project already, according to the official sources.
The DPDC now distributes about 1,531MW of electricity among its 1.178 million consumers in its command areas.