People still feel power shortage pinch in mid-autumnManjurul Ahsan
People started feeling the pinch of frequent power outages in mid-autumn as the authorities concerned failed to meet the power demand, officials said.
Five power distribution companies now receive between 20 and 40 per cent less power than what they need, they said.
The difference between the demand and the supply of power forces the distribution companies to cause power outages for three to five hours a day in Dhaka and other ‘priority’ cities while people in rural areas keep facing outages two to three times people in urban areas do, the officials said.
however, claims that the distribution companies were causing outages by up an hour and a half a day but the situation will change for the better as temperature is likely to go down with the advent of the winter.
The state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, Md Enamul Huq, on Tuesday said this in the parliament, adding that the government would increase the generation to more than 10,000MW by 2013.
The web sites of the power board and Power Grid Company of Bangladesh are displaying similar information although reports from outlying areas suggest otherwise.
Online documents of the state-run Power Development Board and the PGCB said that the difference between the demand and the supply had been below 500MW for a week.
Power sector officials said that the distribution agencies had to cause power cuts up to three times even in Dhaka at weekends on Saturday.
Dhaka Power Distribution Company receives up to 730MW of power against a demand for about 1,100MW. A DPDC official said that the agency gets about 33 per cent less than what it needs to meet the demand.
Dhaka Electric Supply Company also receives between 20 per cent and 25 per cent less than what it needs to meet the demand.
The power board, which is the single buyer of electricity and supplier to distribution companies, can use up to 67 per cent of the installed capacity for power generation because of technical glitches and the shortage of cheap fuel to the plants, power board officials said.
All power units installed in public and private now sector have a combined generation capacity of 9,151MW while the power board’s reliable level of power production stands about 6,000MW during peak hours.
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