Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated Payra Power Plant Rehabilitation Project at Kolapara here this afternoon and visited the power plant.
The premier opened the scheme named ‘Swapner Thikana’ at a function on the power plant premises.
She also visited newly constructed houses for the people affected in project area and handed over keys and registration papers to the rehabilitated families.
She also released fish fries into the ponds of the centre and planted a sapling.
Earlier, she visited Payra Thermal Power Plant Project where Power Division Secretary Ahmed Kaikaus and the project director briefed her on different aspects of the plant.
She also briefly addressed a gathering of workers and said that the power plant will bring about a revolutionary change in the life and livelihood of the people of the southern region.
“The power plant will open the door for a beautiful life of the people of the region,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina thanked all concerned for working round-the-clock to complete the project.
Highlighting the government’s steps for generating electricity in the country, the prime minister said the government has been able to produce 20,000 MW electricity over the last 10 years.
Ministers, parliament members, PM’s advisers, local AL leaders and high civil and military officials were present.
The state-run North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and Chinese CMC Company are jointly constructing the ultra supercritical power plant.
The government has built houses for the people who have lost their homes by land acquisition for Paira power plant. This is for the first time a government is resettling families who have lost their houses for some governmental development activities. Usually, the affected families get monetary compensation for any land acquisition. However, this resettlement is ensured prior to the commissioning of the power plant.
The program includes the resettlement of 130 families. A new town is being developed titled “Swapner Thikana” having most of the modern housing facilities for the resettlers.
Bangladesh-China Power Company (pvt) Ltd (BCPCL) is installing the Paira power plant having a capacity of 1320 MW which is a joint venture of Bangladesh and China.