The cabinet committee on national purchases in a meeting on Wednesday approved procurement of 250 megawatts electricity from Sembcorp Energy India Limited.
Presided over by finance minister AMA Muhith, the meeting at the Secretariat accepted the proposal from the Power Division to import the coal-based power.
Additional secretary Mostafizur Rahman of the Cabinet Division at a briefing said that the import cost of per kilowatt electricity from one of the leading Indian independent power producers would be Tk 4.69 in short term between August 2018 and December 2019.
The import cost of the same amount of electricity would be Tk 6.17 until 2033 from 2020 in the long term, he said.
According to Power Development Board officials, electricity imports from India are expected to hit 7,500MW by 2020, which accounts for nearly 42 per cent of the country’s electricity consumption.
Mostafizur said that the cabinet committee also approved procurement of 20 lakh electronic passports from Germany and equipments from the same country to prepare 28 lakh e-passports locally.
He said that Tk 3,338.93 crore would be spent for introduction of e-passports under government-to- government deal with Germany.
On June 5, the executive committee on the national economic council approved the e-passports project to phase out the present machine-readable passports introduced in 2009.
Besides, the committee approved a proposal from the food ministry to procure 50,000 tonnes of wheat to be supplied by Singapore-based Agrocore International Limited at a cost of Tk 107.67 crore at the rate of $253.38 per tonne.
It also approved the purchase of 13,74,70,000 books at a cost of Tk 433.45 crore for distributing free of cost among students next year.
Typsa of Spain was awarded a contract to conduct feasibility study at a cost of Tk 219 crore for construction of subways in Dhaka under the Bridges Division.
On April 27, 2016, the Bridges Division at a seminar in the capital disclosed the concept of building a four-route city-wide subway system aiming at providing safety for passengers.
The presentation claimed that the subway was safer than other modes of transportation.
The proposal also said that underground train was more efficient and effective mode of transport in terms of environment, social and economic reasons.