The government has taken up a project to construct 2,082.5 kilometres of transmission line and provide 19.5 lakh power connections to people at the grassroots level by 2020.The Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) will implement the project with a view to providing electricity in every house by 2021 as per the government’s “Electricity to every household by 2021” vision.
Already, the BREB has prepared the project plan, titled “Rural Electriﬁcation Expansion”, to connect 15 lakh more REB consumers by providing 19.5 lakh connections (first amendment) project of Tk. 6,950 crore. It would be placed at the meeting of the the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today (Tuesday).
Under the project, the REB will construct 59,000 km of transmission line and five lakh connections in Palli Biddyut Samiti (PBS) areas in 61 districts, excluding the Chattogram Hill Tracts, according to the proposal.
The project cost has increased by another Tk. 1,775.48 crore as the project tenure and its size have increased, the proposal added.
There are three objectives: power connection in every household, uninterrupted power supply by 2030 and improving socio-economic development through power supply for implementing the project, the proposal added.
According to the REB, the present number of REB subscribers has reached 2,24,75,552 through 80 PBSs across the country.
Earlier, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, Nasrul Hamid, said the government has made significant progress in the power sector, and hoped to provide electricity to every home by 2021.
He also said the power generation capacity is increasing as the government has undertaken a special initiative to supply electricity to every house by 2021.
The total installed capacity is 20,000 megawatt (MW) and currently 90 per cent of the population had access to electricity.
Bangladesh will need an estimated 34,000 MW of power by 2030 to sustain the economic growth of over 7 per cent.