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Dhaka power cables going underground

Published : 01 Dec 2022 10:10 PM

The power distribution system of Dhanmondi in the capital will go underground within the next two to three years. Within five to six years, a large part of the power distribution system of the capital will also go underground.

State minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid informed reporters after visiting various areas under Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited in the capital on Thursday morning.

Nasrul Hamid said that keeping the future needs in mind, strong and modern power distribution system is being built in Dhaka and its surrounding areas. Which will ensure quality and uninterrupted electricity along with accelerate the economic prosperity of megacity Dhaka.

“DPDC is bringing groundbreaking changes to Dhaka's power distribution system under G2G projects. Some 14 new 132/33 KV and 26 nos 33/11 KV substations will be constructed besides increasing the capacity of existing 12 substations. Apart from this, SCADA center will be set up to ensuring automatic distribution system, he said.

He added, “On the other hand it will also construct modern mechanized warehouse in Tongi and four multi-storied buildings of modern and aesthetic design with twin towers under the project,” he added. 

The state minister said that “discussions are going on with various countries including Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to increase fuel supply in the country. The government is trying to prevent load shedding next year. Hopefully, load shedding will be tolerable.”

“However, there is no denying the impact of the global economic recession. Even in this we will try our best to reduce public suffering,” he continued. 

When asked about increasing the electricity price at the consumer level, Nasrul Hamid said that the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will decide how much the effect of increasing the price of electricity at the wholesale level will be at the consumer level.

Earlier, Nasrul said in an event on November 21 that it has been announced to increase the price of electricity at the generation level. No decision has been taken yet to raise prices at the consumer level.

BERC also announced to increase the price of electricity on that day. According to the commission, the price of electricity has been increased by 19.92 percent at the wholesale level. The average price of electricity per unit was taka 5.17, which was increased to taka 6.20. The new prices will be effective from December.