Electricity connections for industries in a week
The government is planning to provide electricity connections to industrial within a week subject to submission of necessary documents. “We are now providing electricity connections to industrial units of local and foreign investors within 28 days. The time can be reduced to a week only if we receive the necessary documents from them,” Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) managing director Bikash Dewan said. He said the investors must submit electrical license, fire safety license, environmental and land ownership licenses to get new electricity connections. But most of the investors fail to provide these required documents, which causes the delay in getting the electricity connections, he also said. At a meeting on December 05, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said they would be able to provide high voltage electricity connections (HT) within two days. “We will require access the database of the consumers to provide quick electricity connections,” he said. The DPDC is now providing electricity to 12.18 lakh consumers, the DPDC chief informed, adding that 5,000 industrial customers consume around 40 per cent of DPDC’s total electricity supply. The government is now working to ensure speedy power supply to investors with the support of the Board of Investment. The government is targeting to increase the volume of power supply to 24,000MW by 2021 and to 60,000MW by 2040.
‘Deal signed for feasibility study on underground power supply network’
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Thursday said the underground lines would ensure uninterrupted power supply and reduce system loss. Nasrul as the chief guest was addressing a contract signing on consultancy service for feasibility study of replacement of existing overhead power supply lines by underground network. “The underground power network will ensure uninterrupted power supply, reduce system loss, reduce client hassle and grow beauty of city,” he said. State-owned Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) hosted the event at Mukti Hall of Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka. Nasrul also said that power distribution companies should be efficient to meet advanced technological demands. Urging for timely completion of the project, Nasrul expressed hope that underground network would reduce distribution cost as well as ensure uninterrupted power supply. The state minister said the government will reach electricity to every house prior to the stipulated timeframe. The government has undertaken initiatives to replace existing power distribution lines with underground following global modern cities as the government took steps for appointing an international standard consultancy firm to conduct feasibility study under DPDC area, he said. For the DPDC jurisdiction, the project worth Tk 21 crore would be implemented within one year by Australia-based Engergytron, a research and development wing of Knowledge Integration Services Group. The consultants would carry out survey, feasibility study, underground distribution system design and cost estimation under the project. Acting secretary of DPDC Hasnat Chowdhury and Principal Engineer Khandker Wahidul Islam on behalf of Energytron Australia signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides. Among others, power division secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, DPDC chairman M Shafiqullah, Bangladesh Power Development Board chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood, DPDC managing director Bikash Dewan and Energytron regional manager Richard Murphy were present.