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Power control room soon to monitor distribution
Jannatul Ferdousy
Published :Monday, 23 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 37
A control room is going to be set up to monitor load shedding and electricity generation for informing the consumers about the local power distribution situation from the control room.
Replying of a question Power Secretary Monowar Islam said, "The consumer is suffering due to load shedding for the shabby distribution system."
He said to monitor the distribution system 24 hours we will create a control room. The control room will point out the problems and will solve the difficulty when requested by the consumers.  
A sharp difference of opinion has been created between the Power Division and the Energy Ministry. The ministry says that there is no load shedding in the county but the consumers across the country are facing moderate to heavy load shedding.
Since the power distribution companies in its regular reports show "zero load shedding," the Power Division has taken the decision.
A Power Division official said the government gathers information of power situation across the country in winter, thus it (government) cannot understand the actual power scenario.
According to the Power Ministry, electricity generation capacity has increased by 88 per cent. But transmission capacity has increased by only 17 per cent and distribution capacity by 11 per cent.  
State-owned company Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) is transmitting electricity to the national grid. The PGCB has 230 transformers, of them, 26 transformers are over loaded now.
Hence, power generation is being increasing rapidly and the distribution companies are also providing power to the consumers randomly to achieve the goal "Power for All by 2020," Nowadays, 18 per cent of the transformers are over loaded, informed power division official.
As per Rural Electrification Board (REB), about 3 lakh consumers have been provided new connections in October this year. And a target has been set to provide 1.32 crore new connection within 2015-16.  

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