Bhola in dark for 74hrs
Power supply partially restoredOur Correspondent . Barisal
Power supply was partially restored in Bhola since it plunged into darkness 74 hours back on Tuesday night.
West Zone Power Distribution Company at Bhola, said electricity supply was partially restored after the Bhola-Patukhali supply line across the Tetulia River was hooked to the national grid at around 10.45 PM on Tuesday.
Homes and emergency services in the district desperately await full restoration of power supply, but no one could say when that would happen.
It said that now only Bhola Sadar areas were getting 6MW of power supply.
Taposh Kumar Paul, sub-assistant engineer of WZPDCO said on Wednesday morning 6MW supply was increased to 7.5MW.
The Bhola-Barisal submarine cable at Kalabadar was yet to be repaired, said Abdul Majed, sub-assistant engineer WZPDCO at Bhola now working at Laharhut point to repairing the supply line.
On Wednesday, Bhola, Borhanuddin and Charfession municipal areas received only 4.5 MW of power out of the demand for 10MW.
WZPDC executive engineer at Bhola GM Mahmud said that 17,000 listed consumers and emergency services in these areas need 10 MW of power.
Engineer Sohrab Ali Biswas, general manager Bhola Palli Bidyut Samity of Rural Electrification Board said 61,000 consumers were getting only 3MW of power against the demand of 16MW.
Consumers are suffering severe load shedding by rotation.
Low voltage and acute voltage fluctuations make things worse, complained consumers.
The situation could improve next week if Bhola district gets 8MW more of power supply from the national grid following the repair of Barisal-Bhola supply line, sources said.
However, most of the areas should be prepared to remain in darkness for several days until the 34.5MW gas-fired rental power plant resumes production to meet the demand.
Load shedding and voltage fluctuations made it difficult to supply sufficient drinking water to the consumers, said Tarek Ahmed, in charge of municipal water supply.
Prof Dilruba Begum of Muslim Para area in the district town said the power pump at her house was burnt due to voltage fluctuations.
Electronic gadgets went out of order in many houses.
A three-member technical team of experts is due in Bhola today to repair the generator of the 34.5MW gas-fired rental power plant at Bhola installed by India’s Alstom Company in 2007. The plant went into production in 2008.
The team leader, Gomez, said that they were yet to get visas from the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
The High Commission asked Bhola Rentral Power Plant to contact it on August 19, said plant manager Hafizur Rahman.
‘We started disassembling the related machinery following the suggestions from, the expert team, so that it could start the repair immediate after arrival, the manager said.
Power supply in Bhola remained disrupted since Saturday night after the generator of the 34.5MW gas-fired power plant at Bhola went out of production due to technical glitches.
Power supply was discontinued long ago from the national grid through Bhola-Patuakhali, Bhola-Barisal submarine cable lines and the 2MW generator at Bhola Power House continued due to technical disruptions.
WZPDCO executive engineer in the district was suspended on Monday for alleged negligence of duty.
Angry consumers laid siege to Bhola electricity office on Tuesday noon demanding power supply restoration.
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