Top power, energy officials visit Barapukuria

Eid vacation of BCMCL staff cancelled

Our Correspondent . Dinajpur | Published: 01:25, Jul 28,2018 | Updated: 11:29, Jul 28,2018


A high official delegation of power, energy and mineral sectors visiting the coal mining field and the 525MW- thermal power plant at Barapukuria under Parbatipur in Dinajpur said on Friday that the plant would resume power generation in early September.
The lone state-run coal-fired power plant was closed totally on Sunday due to coal shortage as 1.44 lakh tonnes of coal disappeared mysteriously from the Barapukuria Coal Mining Company coal yard.
Against this background, energy and mineral resources division secretary
Abu Hena Md Rahmatullah Munim, Power Division secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah and Bangladesh Power Development Board chairman
Khaled Mahmood paid the visit.
The delegates cancelled Eid vacation of staffers of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company to revamp coal extraction to run the plant’s power generation.
Petrobangla chairman said everyone responsible for the disappearance
of coal worth Tk 230
crore would be brought to book.
He said that extraction of coal from the Barapukuria mine would also be resumed before September.
Kaikaus said there was negligible deficit in power load management as the local demands of power had been met with power supply from Sirajganj.
Petrobangla removed Habib Uddin Ahmed and Abul Kashem Prodhaniya from the posts of managing director (administration and secretariat) and secretary of the BCMCL while suspended general manager (mine operation) Nuruzzaman Chowdhury and deputy general manager Khademul Islam.
ACC on Tuesday imposed travel ban on four BCMCL officials for their alleged involvement in the incidence.
Later in the evening on the day, a case was filed with Parbatipur Police Station accusing 19 officials of BCMCL for their alleged involvement in the coal disappearance. 

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