The state-owned power generation and distribution company, Power Development Board (PDB) has decided to expand the area of electrification to connect five lakh new consumers to the power grid in Chittagong.
"For this the PDB needs to generate an extra 900 MW of electricity. However, without improving the distribution system this huge amount of generated electricity cannot be provided to the consumers," said an official of the PDB.
Meanwhile, the PDB submitted a proposal to the Planning Commission asking for Tk 199.70 crore for the project. A project proposal is going to be submitted to the ECNEC for approval this week, he informed.
"There are a number of ongoing power projects in Chittagong which will add 7,000 MW of power to the national grid by next 5 to 6 years. If we cannot improve the distribution system the additional power cannot be used. So it is the crying need of the hour to improve the distribution system in Chittagong,"
said Shajahan Mia, (Member) Planning and Development.
Gradually, the distribution system of the whole country will be improved, earlier we have started to improve the distribution system in Mymensingh and Sylhet.
The project is supposed to complete in 2018. As a result the distribution system in Sitakundu, Sandwip, Hathazari, Modunaghat, Kalughat, Shalashahor, Agrabad, Halishahar, Bakolia, Patiya, Cox's Bazar, Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban will be improved, he said.
Presently, work is in progress to install 108 MW power plant in Patiya, 50 MW in Patenga and 225 MW in Shikalbaha. Another 1,320 MW power plant financed by the Asian Development Bank at Moheshkhali is at the planning stage.
Moreover, two coal-based power plants at Matarbari (1,200 MW) funded by Japan and another plant (1,300 MW) of private entrepreneur S Alam are under process.
By improving the distribution system 6.80 lakh additional consumers will be connected to power in Chittagong.
There is no alternative to improving the standard of power distribution system for the socio-economic development of the country. To gear up the country's economy the government is trying its best, power supply and sustainability will be ensured after implementing the projects, he said.