Staff Correspondent
Industries will get new electricity connection within seven days after submission of necessary documents.
The government has taken the plan on a move to provide quick electricity connections to the industrial units, said a power division official.
Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power and energy, said at a meeting on Wednesday that they would be able to provide high voltage electricity connections (HT) within two days.
In this connection, “We need to be given access to the database of the consumers,” he said.
A high official of Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) said, “We are now providing electricity connections to industrial units of local and foreign investors within 28 days. The time can be reduced to a week only if we receive the necessary documents from them”.
He said the investors must submit electrical licence, fire safety licence, environmental and land ownership licences, etc to get new electricity connections.
But most of the investors fail to provide these required documents, which causes the delay in getting the connections, he added.
On the other hand, a total of 22 Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) 132/33 KV substations are being constructed to provide electricity to 42 EPZs.
Additional Secretary Maksuda Begum of the Power Division said, “We believe we can accomplish this if all necessary documents are in place. The electricity supplying companies have also been instructed accordingly.”
Export processing authority sources said the time was reduced to 7 days in a bid to take swift action in providing connections.
The Power Division took this initiative prioritizing the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) of the country.
Moreover, the electricity capacity of 10 other grid substations is being enhanced. Most of the economic zones operate under the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (REB).
REB said electricity will be supplied to industrial regions in three steps. Some areas will receive primary connections. The connections will be given mainly to aid in land improvement and formation.
The construction of 42 EPZs occurred in the past two years, while in fiscal year 2017-18 the industrial establishments of the EPZs took place.
The export processing authorities expect a hundred per cent industrialization by 2025 at these EPZs.
If that happens, demand for electricity will rise by an additional 3000MW, of which a total of 31 national industrial parks will require 2400MW, and the private EPZs will require 527MW.
The government is now working to ensure speedy power supply to investors with the support of the Board of Investment. The government is targeting to increase the volume of power supply to 24,000MW by 2021 and to 60,000MW by 2040.