Bangladesh plans massive rural electrification coverage, says Hasina  
August 13th, 2016 at 6:02 pm
Bangladesh plans massive rural electrification coverage, says Hasina  

Dhaka – Six Bangladeshi sub-districts have come under 100 per cent electricity coverage as the government plans more power supply to the grassroots.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated electricity supply programme through video conferencing at her official Ganabhaban residence on Saturday.

Tungipara of Gopalganj district, Bandar of Narayanganj district, Palash of Narsingdi district, Boalkhali of Chittagong district, Adarsha Sadar of Comilla district and Bholahat of Chapainawabganj district have came under the power coverage.

The Prime Minister promised to bring all the 465 upazilas (sub-district) under the full electricity coverage despite the country is still suffering from power crunch.

“Every upazila would come under hundred-percent electricity coverage as 78 percent people already have access to electricity,” Hasina told the video conference urging all to maintain austerity in the use of electricity as it involves higher production costs.

Hasina said her government has already started construction of a nuclear power plant for which the country was waiting since 1965.

Steps have also been taken to import electricity from India and discussion was on with Nepal and Bhutan to produce electricity under joint venture projects, she said.

The government is also trying to tap solar energy, wind and coal-based electricity to ensure electricity at every home in Bangladesh, she added.

The Prime Minister said her government after taking office has taken measures to meet the emergency demands for electricity and started implementing medium and long term power projects as well, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.

Hasina thanked the Rural Electricity Samity for their initiative to bring six upazilas under the hundred-percent electricity coverage saying people are getting the benefits of the power projects being taken one after another by the government.