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Titas misses prepaid gas meter project deadline

Sadiqur Rahman | Published: 01:44, Jan 11,2019

 
 

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company, the sole gas utility service provider for Dhaka division, has sought an extension of two years for installation of two lakh prepaid gas meters as the three-year project has expired on December 18, 2018.
Until the expiry of the project for installation of two lakh prepaid meters in Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Bashundhara, Badda, Tejgaon, Cantonment, Kafrul, Mirpur, Khilkhet, Uttara and adjacent areas of Dhaka, 74,284 prepaid gas meters were installed, said project director Md Faizar Rahman.
He said that they missed the deadline as the practical works of the project started more than two years and a half after its launching in January 2015.
According to Titas annual report 2017-18, an agreement was signed with United Kingdom-based consultancy firm Pegasus International on October 7, 2015. Pegasus International began consultancy work on October 19, 2015.
On March 16, 2017, Titas signed another agreement with Japan-based Toyokeiki Company Limited, an engineering, procurement and construction contractor.
Toyokeiki started installation of prepaid gas meter on customer’s premises on September 17, 2017, the report said.
Titas officials said that site survey was carried out for 94,754 domestic customers till December 31, 2018.
Faizar said that a proposal for extension of the project until 2020 was sent to the government for approval.
Until June 2018, Tk 149.091 crore was disbursed against an estimated cost of Tk 712.009 crore for the project, said the annual report.
According to the project document, the project was susppoed to be financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency giving Tk 453.106 crore, the government of Bangladesh giving Tk 236.745 crore and Titas giving Tk 22.28.
Main features of the prepayment system-based gas utility services included easy payment of gas bills, access to information through smart card, improved customer service covering uninterrupted gas supply and conservation of natural gas.

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