A survey conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics shows that nearly 89 per cent people were satisfied over the power supply to households in 2014 compared to that of 2008 and 2009.
The BBS conducted the perception survey on Electricity Supply 2014 based on data collected in the past winter — between January 22 and 29 of the year 2015 — when the incidents of power cuts become negligible or have insignificant impact on common people.
The survey also shows that some 74.5 per cent people have confidence on the government’s plan for power sector development while about 63.5 per cent people believes that power supply situation influences national polls.
The findings were made public at a programme on Monday afternoon with the prime minister’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury in chair.
Power division secretary Monwar Islam and statistics and informatics division secretary Kaniz Fatema also attended the prorgramme with other power sector officials where BBS deputy director Dipankar Roy presented the findings and other features of the survey.
Tawfiq said that the authorities concerned would also hold similar survey in summer.
The demand for electricity was between 4,000 MW and 5,000 MW in the past winter which shot up over 8,500 MW in the summer against the supply capacity of about 7,500 MW.
Monwar said that the limitations in power transmission and distribution might have caused some incidents of disruptions in power supply.
He sought three more years to resolve the constrains in transmission and distribution of electricity as the government could not increase the transmission and distribution capacity in line with the generation capacity.
BBS conducted the survey over 785 people on random basis where the participants answered over phone to five specific questions.
Of the 785 people with 15 years and above age, 75.67 per cent lived in rural areas while the rest of them lived in urban areas while about 69.5 per cent were male and the rest were female participants.
Dipankar, head of the survey, said in the Monday programme that 25.1 per cent people were very satisfied, 36.18 per cent were satisfied, 27.52 per cent were somewhat satisfied and 11.21 per cent were not satisfied over power supply situation in 2014.
Tawfiq told the reporters on the sideline of the programme that the authorities concerned were prepared to supply about 8,500 MW of electricity during the peak hours in the month of Ramadan.
He, however, urged that owners of shops and markets to reduce power consumption in the evening so that the utilities could increase the power supply to the residential areas.