The Planning Commission last month instructed the Rural Electrification Board (REB) to revise its project plan. The REB, it may be mentioned, has failed to complete the project in due time.
The REB originally had a plan to provide electricity to new 18 million consumers by 2014. But unfortunately only 5 million consumers have been connected in the estimated time.
Officials of the REB, speaking of limitations faced by the body, said the main cause behind the failure to provide power to the remaining 13 million consumers was an overload of electricity lines and low voltage.
According to Planning Commission instructions, REB has submitted a Revised Project Proposal (RPP) to the commission, he added.
To complete the project the REB bought equipment costing Tk 14 million but it did not tag the list of equipment with RPP.
The REB sought an increase in time till 2017 in addition to Tk 1,700 crore more. The original cost of the project was Tk 4,720 crore, but it will now be Tk 6,420 crore as new RPP.
A director of the REB told the Daily Observer, "Due to high prices we could not complete buying land for the project on time. Thus the project has lagged."
The Planning Commission wanted to know how much of infrastructure the REB needed to complete the running projects in optimum time, said an official of the commission.
The official said the commission had instructed the REB to draft a realistic plan in future.