Growing power sector

Credit to prudence of government policy

Gone are the days when round the clock Power supply was more of a distant-dream to us. There was a time when six to eight hours of load-shedding during summer was a regular phenomenon in most of the towns of Bangladesh. Thousands of villages did not have access to electricity. But now, almost every family in the village has a smart phone. 

One can see children studying under the electric light, villagers watching satellite television channels. This is how electricity has been reshaping thousands of villages as well as the villagers with education and development. The government has integrated a noble vision to ensure electricity to all at an affordable price by the year 2021.

The  government has integrated a noble 

vision to ensure  reliable  electricity  to 

all at affordable price by the year 2021

As a part of ‘Vision 2021’ the government is working to provide power to remote shoals and islands. The country’s power sector has recently achieved a milestone by providing electricity to Sandwip through submarine cable. Where the grid power is not reachable, the electricity is being provided through the solar mini grid. The Power Division hopes every person of the country will be covered under the power facilities within the next couple of years. 

Indeed the present scenario of power in the capital reflects the country’s massive progress in power generation. Before 2009, reportedly a total of 27 power plants were constructed in the country whereas 101 plants were constructed in last ten years. The government also constructed more than three thousand circuit kilometres transmission line to ensure uninterrupted power supply to people. 

In 2009, the number of people having access to electricity was 47 percent, which now increased to 91 percent. Noticeably, cost of every unit of electricity is around Taka 6.25, but the government is making it available to people at Taka 4.82. Also the government is planning to withdraw subsidy in near future.

The efforts of the government to improve country’s power sector set an example for our future leaders. In order to make the country self-reliant in power generation, it will be important to keep the pace of development in power sector alive.