Inadequate power supply costs Bangladesh as much as 2 percent in GDP growth each year,” said Ellen Goldstein, country director of the World Bank in Bangladesh
The Finance Minister AMA Muhith is hopeful of balancing the power demand and
supply by 2013, the last year of tenure of the present
“It takes time for power
generation. If it is based on gas, it takes at least three years. If it is based
on coal, it takes more time,” he said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of
the National Electricity Week (NEK) held at the Bangabandhu International
Conference Center (BICC) yesterday.
Muhith viewed that it would not
be possible to ensure 9000 MW of electricity before 2015 “when we may not be in
He informed that the coal policy
will be finalized by next June.
The Finance Minister said they
talked much about the sad situation of power and energy while they were in the
opposition and even in the last election manifesto.
He said 971 MW of Electricity has
so far been added to the national grid till this October after they assumed
power. “Another 300 MW will be added by January while 2000 MW by December
Stressing the need for reducing
the system loss, which now stands at 13 to 14 percent, he said “there is scope
to limit the system loss within 8 percent.” He recalled that the system loss was
more than 30 percent 30 years ago.
On energy trade, he said the
government is working with India. “Initiatives will be taken on
energy trade with Nepal and Bhutan in future.”
The Finance Minister said that
they are trying their best to work on renewable energy. “We should also keep in
mind our limitations.”
He said that on electricity,
equity should be maintained to the urban areas as well as the rural areas, “The
ratio should be maintained as creation of resources in the rural areas
contribute a lot to enhance country’s resources,”
Speaking on the occasion Power
and Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said that
the sector is now progressing through a crisis. “If we altogether can implement
the projects as per our planning with newer technology, we will be able to solve
The Power Division Secretary Abul
Kalam Azad said they would try to observe December 7 as the National Electricity
Week and Day in future.
Meanwhile, the National
Electricity Week is being observed countrywide to create mass awareness in
curbing misuse of electricity.
The programme includes rally,
exhibition, cultural show, essay competition for students and other
The Power Ministry rewarded
efficient officials and employees, and also different organizational units under
different entities of the Ministry and two journalists in the inaugural
In the exhibition at the BICC,
the private and public power companies are showcasing their activities and
operations to the public.
Was wollte der Finanzminister damit sagen, "when we may not be in power". Ich habe in meinen Eintrag in diesem Zusammenhang ausführlich alles erklärt. Um 9000 MW Energy bis 2015 zu erreichen, müsste die Liga unbedingt an der Macht sein. Allein ausreichende Elektrizität wird nicht die Zukunft einer Partei sichern. Um an der Macht für die nächste Legislaturperiode zu sein, gebe es nur eine Möglichkeit. Diese Möglichkeit heißt, das Vertrauen der Wähler zu, gewinnen. Ein Versuch anderweitig an der Macht zu sein, wäre es hoch gefährlich. Ein Burgerkrieg. Dieser Krieg wird der perverse Wunsch der Liaga für alle Male erfüllen, wenn sich die Awami-Lig in der Mülltone besser zu recht finden würde.