State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid said that in next five years underground power distribution lines will be installed in all cities to supply power to all clients, which will help to supply uninterrupted electricity.” “Initially the underground power distribution lines will be implemented in some major areas including Chattogram, Cumillla, Sylhet and Mymensingh.
Later, the other overhead lines under West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) and Northern Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) limited, will go underground in phases. We are trying to supply uninterrupted and reliable electricity,” the minister said.
The minister disclosed the information while being present at a signing ceremony at the Bidyut Bhaban in the capital on Wednesday. Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has signed an agreement with Energy Tron Australia R&D KIS Group for feasibility study and preparation of detailed design to establish the underground power distribution network in its four distributions zones.
Nasrul Hamid said that currently tree branches are now being cut or trimmed to allow power distribution lines. he said that the Prime Minster opposes this idea of cutting down tree branches as the idea affe t the environment. “The government wants to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply. All power division officials must remember it. Power distribution companies should be more efficient to meet advanced technological demands.” he continued.
The state minister further said that not only power cables, some sub-stations will also go into underground. The underground power distribution network is costly; however, it is very essential for the future. Power Secretary Sultan Ahmed said, “We will not just supply 100 percent electricity across the country. Besides, we are trying to improve power management, hope it will start within a year.”
“The visible pollution will be reduced by the underground power distribution network. Besides, it will help to beautify the city,” he said. Saiful Islam Azad, company secretary of BPDB and Kandokar Wahidul Islam, chief engineer of Energy Tron signed the agreement at their respective sides. According to the agreement, Energy Tron will complete the work worth Taka 25.30 crore within a year.