Staff Correspondent

To ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity in the country’s south-western region, the government has decided to expand the grid transmission of the region.
To this end, a massive Tk 3273.88 crore project titled ‘Expansion of Transmission Grid of Southern-Western Region’ has been taken.
The project to be implemented by Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will meet the power demand of Faridpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Barishal, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon and Bogra.
Officials of PGCB told Bangladesh Post that they would start the work of expanding the transmission grid after fund disbursement.
Asian development Bank (ADB) will disburse of Tk 2275.54 crore while Tk 683.51 will come from the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). Tk 314.83 will come from the PGCB.
The tenure of the project is June 2018 to June 2023. The project was recently approved by the executive committee of national economic council (ECNEC).
The project aims to supply electricity to the region for developing the country’s economy as Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogoan and Bagura are renowned as producing products.
On the other hand, Barishal, Faridpur and Gopalganj are expected to become industrial areas once the construction of Padma Bridge is completed. Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority has planned to construct three separate economic zones where will be needed more electricity to run the industries.