As New Delhi wants to supply another 100MW of electricity to Bangladesh, Indian officials concerned met in Agartala of Tripura yesterday to draft a supply strategy.
The neighbouring country is already supplying 500MW of electricity to the national grid through the South-western region.
The additional electricity will be channelled from Palatana Power Plant in Tripura and only a nine-km transmission line is required to connect the grids of the two countries, according to officials.
Senior officials of Central Electricity Authority, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, North East Regional Power Committee, ONGC Tripura Power Company and Tripura State Electricity Corporation (TSEC) were present in the meeting.
The meeting follows the constitution of a four-member joint study committee by Bangladesh and Indian governments last month. The committee has been tasked to submit its detailed report to their respective governments within three months, Indian news agency IANS reported, quoting officials of the TSEC.
"We have already told the Indian government that Tripura is ready to supply at least 100MW of electricity to Bangladesh. The central government can now take necessary steps to supply power to the neighbouring country," Tripura's Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said.
India's State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation commissioned its biggest ever commercial power project (726MW) at Palatana in southern Tripura. The first unit of the plant began power generation in December last year.
The Palatana project is a hallmark of cooperation between India and Bangladesh, which ensured the smooth passage of heavy project equipment and turbines to Palatana through Bangladesh territory from Haldia port in West Bengal.
Bangladesh allowed free transportation of the equipment through waterways upto Ashuganj and from there to Agartala by road.