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    Power supply to ‘remain erratic’ in urban areas during next 3 months Frontier
    Frontier on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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    The Ministry of Power on Wednesday sought cooperation of the urban dwellers as they will have to endure sufferings due to inadequate power supply for the next three months.

    “We urge all the urban dwellers to cope with the sufferings of load-shedding for the sake of providing extra power supply to irrigation,” said Prime Minister’s Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury at a press briefing at the Power Ministry.

    “We also urge the residents of urban areas to keep their air-conditioners off and industrialists to consume less electricity considering the power supply shortage,” he said.

    State Minister for Power and Energy Mohammad Enamul Haque said the government is trying to increase power supply to rural areas in order to ensure full support for irrigation on paddy fields.

    The Power Ministry arranged the briefing before a meeting of the top executives of different power stations that was convened to evolve a strategy to tackle the power supply situation across the country during the irrigation season.

    Meanwhile, the irrigation season started in rural areas in the first week of the current month and will continue until mid-May. During the period, the country’s rural areas will consume about 2,000 MW of additional electricity to operate irrigation pumps, according to officials.

    At present, the country generates 5000 MW-plus electricity against a demand for over 6,500 MW.

    With the start of the irrigation season, the government has begun the diversion of more electricity from urban areas to rural areas that resulted in increasing load-shedding in capital Dhaka and also in other urban areas.

    Tawfiq Elehahi said the power generation has increased substantially although the country has to experience load-shedding because of shortage in electricity.

    He said the shortage is about 500-600 MW and differed with the statistics 1,800 MW power shortage earlier provided by the state-owned PDB chairman. “The PDB chief might have different point of view. But I don’t agree with his figure,” he said.

    When his attention was drawn to 6-7 hours of load-shedding in different areas, he said load-shedding in those areas might be the result of local problems in the distribution system.

    Tawfiq claimed that the government has provided about 2.1 million new power connections in last one year that pushed up the power supply coverage to 60 percent from the earlier 40 percent in the country.

    Petrobangla Chairman Dr Hussain Monsur said his organisation has increased the gas supply by 100 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) in the last one year and now the power plants are getting 800 MMCFD gas in place of last year’s 700 MMCFD.
                               
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