According to official sources at Titas Gas, a proposal in this regard is currently pending final consent from Japanese financing agency JICA
Around 120,000 more prepaid gas meters are likely to be installed in the southern part of Dhaka under an ongoing project of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd (Titas Gas).
According to official sources at Titas Gas, a proposal in this regard is currently pending final consent from Japanese financing agency JICA.
"We hope, JICA will give its clearance within a month," a top official at Titas Gas said.
Titas Gas, responsible for natural gas transmission and distribution across Dhaka city and adjoining areas, is currently installing 200,000 prepaid meters for household consumers, with the aim of checking gas pilferage and misuse.
As per official data from Titas Gas, the company has about 2.783 million consumers in its command area, of which 2.764 million are household consumers.
Titas Gas started installing the prepaid gas metres in some areas of Dhaka in September 2017, under a JICA-funded project. The project was supposed to be complete by December 2018, but Titas Gas has so far been able to install about 160,000 meters.
"We hope the remaining 40,000 meters will be installed by December 2019," said Faizur Rahman, project director of the Titas Gas prepaid meter scheme.
He further said JICA is considering extending both the timeframe and funding of the project to accommodate the installation of 120,000 additional prepaid meters. As per the proposal, the meters will be purchased from Japanese contractor Toyokeiki Co Ltd, who supplied the previous 200,000 meters, under the same terms, conditions, and prices.
Most of the 120,000 new meters are set to be installed in areas under Dhaka South City Corporation, especially in Old Dhaka.
Under the existing project, prepaid meters were installed in areas mainly under Dhaka North City Corporation, including Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Bashundhara, Badda, Tejgaon, Cantonment, Kafrul, Khilkhet, Uttara, and Mirpur.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the Tk712 crore project, setting the completion period between January 2015 and December 2018.
Officials said when Titas Gas moved to begin the installation, it found many of its underground service lines to consumers’ houses were faulty, with some connections having leaks.
"Such problems have caused the delay in the project," said a Titas Gas official.
A top official of the Titas Gas Prepaid Meter project said the installation of prepaid gas meters is very sensitive.
"The meters will not work if there is a leak either in the service line or in the household connection. As a result, we have to suspend the installation of prepaid meters if any faulty connection is detected," he said.