A new company named Waste Power Generation Company (WPGC) is going to
be formed soon to generate electricity from the wastes. The company
will be formed with a collaboration with both the City corporations of
Dhaka, Power Development Board (PDB), Dhaka Power Distribution Company
(DPDC) and Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCo).
The state minister said that, the mega city Dhaka produces at least
5,000 tonnes of waste every day. The wastes are polluting the
environment sharply and causing public health suffering. However, with
proper management, these wastes can easily be used to generate 50 MW
of electricity, he remarked. The Local Government Division (LGD) will
be responsible for taking the initiatives to install this power plant,
PDB will have 50 percent share in the new company while rest of the
share will be possessed by the LGD. City corporations of Narayanganj,
Gajipur and Savar, Kaliakoir Pourossva area will be incorporated with
Dhaka South and North CC, wrapping the mostly dense urban areas within
City corporations will be responsible for the waste management while
PDB will generate electricity and DESA and DESCO will distribute it.
The government is planning to install the plants at Amin Bazar and
Matuail. A Secretary from LGD or Power ministry will be the chairman
Earlier, the government wanted to install such waste-based power
plants with private initiatives. The government started the process
early at 2009 by forming a Working Group. Tenders were called in 2010.
However, In 2013 Italian firm Management Environment Finance SEL was
given permission to build two 50 megawatt power plants at two places
in the capital, to be completed in three years.
The company would build the plants with its own funds and the
government would pay nearly $900 million in 20 years for the plants,
he said adding that it would purchase power for 8.75 taka ($0.11) a
kilowatt. However, SEL has been repeatedly failing to meet the
deadlines making the future of the first ever waste-based PP insecure.
In an inter-ministry meeting held on 2nd August, decisions were taken
to repeal the contract if the Italian company fails once more.