Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to practise austerity in using electricity as consumers are getting it at a much lower price due to a government subsidy in this sector.
“It needs a huge amount of money to produce power, but we don't charge the actual price of its generation from consumers; we give subsidy,” she said.
The premier said this while inaugurating the 410-mega watt capacity combined cycle power plant at Kushtia's Bheramara through a videoconference from Gono Bhaban. She also inaugurated two other projects: “Hundred Percent Electrification in 15 Upazilas” and “Online Training Platform-Kushali”.
She said the government wants the people to use electricity properly. “You have to be careful in using electricity.”
“I myself switch off fans and lights of my room when I go out…,” she said, adding that this way the electricity bill would come down.
She also urged teachers to teach students this lesson. “We have to be aware that there will be no wastage of electricity,” she said.
The newly-built power plant has been set up to meet the growing demand of electricity. With its inauguration, the electricity needs in eight north-western districts would be met.
North-West Power Generation Company in collaboration with Japanese Company Marubeni Corporation implemented the project at a cost of Tk 3,785 crore.
The works on constructing the plant began in 2014, and one gas unit, one Steam Turbine and one HRCG have been set up with 2,686 strong pilings.
The 15 upazilas that got 100 percent electrification are Dhaka's Dhamrai, Khulna's Rupsha and Dighalia, Chittagong's Rawjan, Rangpur's Pirganj and Kishoreganj's Nikli, Kushtia's Khoksha, Satkhira's Debhata, Jessore's Fultala, Natore's Bugattipara, Sylhet's Bianibazar, Dinajpur Sadar and Birampur under Dinajpur, Chuadanga Sadar and Pabna's Bera.
So far, 51 upazilas have been brought under cent percent electrification.
“Online Training Platform-Kushali” is a learning management system -- a web-based technology or software used for planning, implementing and assessing a specific learning process.