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Survey finds 87% consumers satisfied with power supply

Around 87 percent people are satisfied with the power supply situation in the country, according to a survey conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

BBS in association with Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) conducted the survey on 19,600 mobile phone users during the period between October 2016 and February 2017 to cover winter and summer both.

The findings of the survey were released at a press briefing at the Bidyut Bhaban on Monday.

BBS director CS Roy presented the report while State Minister for power Nasrul Hamid, EPRC Chairman Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury and BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmud were present on the occasion.

Also, almost 80 percent of the people have confidence in power system development plan undertaken by the government, finds the survey.

According to the survey, 11 per cent of the respondents said they do not have access to electricity while 7.6 per cent said they get electricity from solar panel. Besides, 82 per cent of the respondents said they are connected with the national grid.

Some 19,600 cell phone users -- 73.6 per cent from rural areas and 17.9 per cent from urban areas-- finally took part in the survey.

According to the survey, 8.5 per cent of the respondents are engaged in industrial production, 12.2 per cent in irrigation and 24.9 per cent in business while 54.3 per cent do not have any economic activities.

Some 13.1 per cent of the respondents said they are not satisfied with electricity service they get. The rest 45.8 per cent said they are satisfied, 11.2 per cent are very satisfied and 29.9 per cent are moderately satisfied.

The survey said 12.1 per cent of the respondents use electricity for cooking. Most of power consumers live in city corporation and municipality areas while only 7 per cent live in rural areas.

The survey said 79.7 per cent of the respondents have trust in future programmes of the government in power sector while 5.6 per cent shows distrust and rest 14.7 per cent are not sure about the programmes.

Speaking at the programme, Prime Minister`s energy adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said 90 per cent people in the country accessed to electricity in last nine years.

He said though the government covered 90 per cent area of the country with electricity, but the quality of electricity supply was not ensured.

"Now we will give more attention to the quality of electricity supply," he said.

Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said 4,427 MW electricity will be added to the national grid in the fiscal year 2018-19.

In May 2016, Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct the opinion survey.

 

 

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