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Power for all

  • Published at 12:00 am January 31st, 2019
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Our nation must think long-term, and that means turning to clean, renewable sources of energy

With rapid economic growth, industrialization, and urbanization comes the need for increased electricity coverage.

In fulfilling this need, it is a welcome development that the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved a highly ambitious project to provide electricity to nearly 10 million citizens across the country.

Under this vision, around 1.95 million new client connections will be installed, and the cost will be somewhere in the neighbourhood of Tk8,000 crore.

There is no denying that powering the nation is a great need of our economy, which is growing at a tremendous pace, and power is the buttress upon which national development can take place; to that end, it is good to see that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is taking steps to meet our energy goals.

It is imperative, though, that this mammoth project does not go down the path of numerous projects we have seen in the past, which get stuck in limbo or are delayed endlessly.

Despite recent strides towards prosperity, a large portion of our population still has no access to electricity, and without the right measures, this population will rise in the coming years.

Ultimately, our nation must think long-term, and that means turning to clean, renewable sources of energy, which goes in line with our development goals.

The private sector here should be brought in by providing the right incentives to businesses -- we can then move towards not only bringing our entire population under electricity coverage, but doing so in a sustainable way.