Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to maintain austerity while using electricity as she said her government provides huge subsidy to the users.
“Please don’t waste electricity. We are providing electricity at the half price of its production and distribution cost,” the Prime Minister said on Wednesday inaugurating a number of power projects in different districts.
The government has been giving the subsidy for the welfare of the people and their benefit, she said while inaugurating four power schemes through video conferencing from her official Gonobhaban residence.
The government has improved the power sector keeping in mind the public demands and socio-economic development of the country, she said recalling the miserable days that the people had to pass through during the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led government of Khaleda Zia when power cut was a common phenomenon.
The four power plants – Baghabari, Sirajganj 200 MW Power Plant by Paramount BTrac Energy Ltd, Jamalpur 115MW Power Plant by United Jamalpur Power Ltd, Bogura 113 MW Power Plant by Confidence Power Bogura-2 Ltd, and Kaptai, Rangamati 7.4 MWp Solar Photovoltaic (PV) by Grid-Connected Power Generation Plant at Kaptai- that Hasina opened on Wednesday added 435.4 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.
She also launched cent percent electrification in 10 upazilas of the country as per her commitment to illuminate all the villages in Bangladesh.
Goraghat in Dinajpur, Matlab Dakkhin in Chandpura and Sadar, Pachbibi and Akkelpur in Joypurhat, Paba in Rajshahi, Sadar and Rupganj in Narayanganj, Haripur in Thakurgaon and Companiganj in Noakhali are the sub-district where 100 per cent electricity connections have been ensured.
Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, lawmakers Mirza Azam, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapon and Habibe Millat and Asian Development Bank (ADB), Bangladesh Country Director Manmohan Parkash were present on the occasion.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported that as many as 93 per cent people have been brought under electricity coverage as the country achieved 22000 MW of power production capacity.