No electricity connections in next 3 months

March 30, 2010

The government on Monday asked power agencies to keep suspended for three months the process of giving new electricity connections across the country including the Dhaka city.
The order was issued following severe power crisis persisting over the last one month, said a power official.
‘We have issued the order asking all power agencies to keep suspended the process of giving new power connections for three months,’ the power secretary, Abul Kalam Azad, told New Age on Monday.
Power officials said that there was an informal ban on new power connections in the rural areas. ‘But with the latest order, power agencies will not be allowed to give new power connections in urban areas,’ said an official.
The official said that the government would review the decision after the end of the current irrigation season for Boro cultivation in June. A number of new power plants are expected to start operation by that time.
The latest decision followed another decision of imposing two-hour long load shedding at a stretch in the city.
Most of the areas in Dhaka city have been facing two-hour load shedding in every two hours for the past two days causing suffering to the city dwellers, especially the HSC examinees who will sit for examinations beginning on Thursday.
The Dhaka Power Distribution Company and other power agencies are grappling with the electricity supply because of the huge gap in demand and supply.
The company can supply only around 1,200-1,300 megawatt of electricity against the demand of around 2,000-MW in the city. The total supply of electricity in the country is around 3,800-MW against the demand of 5,500-6,000-MW.

Courtesy of NewAgebd

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