Bangladesh govt plans power import from Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar

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    10 December 2012

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the government has worked out a plan to import power from the neighboring countries in near future to meet the growing demand for electricity.

    The minister said this at the inaugural session of ‘National Electricity Week 2012’ at the auditorium of Engineers Institute in the city on December 7.

    Terming electricity the key to economic development, Muhith said the country’s development is not possible unless energy security is ensured. “Development isn’t possible without electricity. We must be prudent in consuming electricity.”

    The Finance Minister urged all to follow those countries which are getting maximum benefit from minimum electricity. “America shouldn’t be our ideal that wastes electricity, we must follow those (Switzerland and Japan) are taking maximum benefit with minimum electricity.”

    Prime Minister’s Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Energy, Power and Mineral Resources M Enamul Haque and recently appointed ERD Secretary and former Power Division Secretary M Abul Kalam Azad, among others, spoke on the occasion.
    Tawfiq-e-Elahi said the average price of electricity is still low here compared to the neighboring countries and urged all to ensure frugal consumption of electricity. “The average electricity price is below Tk 6 where as it is about Tk 7 in Pachimbanga.” He said the electricity generation in the country has doubled under the government, totalling 6000 megawatts.
    Enamul Haque said the government has been putting in its efforts to improve the electricity generation in the country with various projects. “We’ve energy deficiency, but our efforts are on,” he said.

    Source : Energy Bangla