Companies should invest in expansion of power networks: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:02, Nov 18,2019


The state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday urged power distribution companies to invest more to expand their networks.

‘The people are ready to pay for quality service but the companies are not eager to invest,’ he said while inaugurating two power sub-stations at Aftabnagar and Purbachal in the morning.

‘The companies expand the distribution lines only when they are sure of profit,’ he said.

‘Currently consumers pay for the cables to connect their houses to the distribution lines,’ said Nasrul.

Dubbing this practice unacceptable, he said that companies should pay for primary cost to establish the network, not the consumers because the power tariff already includes all costs, including that of establishing power distribution lines and other equipments.

Nasrul also urged the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh to immediately replace transmission towers with underground cable lines.

‘Land scarcity is a major challenge in Bangladesh and it is not cost effective to use vast areas for transmission infrastructures,’ he said.

He also made the same call to the Dhaka Electric Supply Company, urging removal of overhead power cable lines and their placement underground.

A Korean company built the new sub-stations to establish 90,000 new connections in Aftabnagar, Badda, Gulshan, Baridhara and Purbachal.

Power Development Board chairman Khaled Mahmood admitted that power distribution infrastructures did not improve in comparison to power generation capacities.

‘Parts of Dhaka were in dark being beyond the network just few years back but now the change is coming,’ said Khaled.

Bangladesh currently is capable of producing about 19500 MW power and six companies distribute the power across the country.

Rural Electrification Board chairman Major General (retd) Moin Uddin and power division additional secretary Maksuda Khatun also attended the programme.

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