The executive committee of the National Economic Council at a meeting on Tuesday approved a proposal for construction of high-voltage direct-current sub-station in Comilla to import 500 megawatt electricity from Indian state of Tripura.
Bangladesh planning minister AMH Mustafa Kamal at a briefing said that the power division would build the sub-station at a cost of Tk 1342.26 crore, including Tk 1,019 crore as loan from Asian Development Bank.
The establishment of the sub-station by 2021 is part of the government plan to import electricity through India’s state-owned NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd from several Bongaigaon power plants in Assam, he said.
An HVDC sub-station is a specialised sub-station which forms a terminal for high-voltage direct current transmission lines.
The first HVDC sub-station in Bangladesh is located in Bheramara, Kushtia.
The state-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd is currently building the second such sub-station at the same site to import electricity from India.
Presided over by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the ECNEC meeting also approved a dozen of other proposals including solar powered irrigation pumps project and widening of district roads in Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Chittagong and Sylhet zone.
Kamal said ADB would give Tk 376 crore in loans to implement the solar-electricity-fired-irrigation pumps project worth Tk 407 crore.
He said 2,000 solar-electricity-fired-irrigation pumps would be established in Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Bogra, Nilphamari, Gopalganj, Faridpur and Feni under the projects by 2020.
He said Tk 766 crore would be spent for widening road in Sirajganj, Pabna, Natore and Naogaon, Nababgang under Rajshahi zone by 2020.
For the widening of roads in Khulna zone, the government would spend Tk 766 crore from this year to 2020, he said.
Road widening projects in Rangpur, Chittagong and Sylhet zones would be implemented at the cost of Tk 654 crore, Tk 652 and Tk 538 crore respectively.
Besides, ECNEC approved jute seed production project at a cost of Tk 376.4 crore, establishment of Nagarbari river port and construction of Modhuklhali-Magura broad-gauge rail line at a cost of Tk 1202 crore by 2022.
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