A move is underway to implement a Tk 2,000 crore project to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Dhaka's central and south-west zones and major parts of Narayanganj within the next three years.
According to official sources, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) has undertaken the project to implement it during the 2019-2022 period as part of its development programme.
“Once the project is implemented, DPDC will be able to build a power distribution system to ensure non-stop electricity supply to consumers living in major parts of the two cities,” DPDC Executive Director Ramiz Uddin told the news agency.
He said the project got the approval of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on November 7 last year, which was its last meeting under the previous government.
Of the total cost, the government will finance Tk 1,882 crore while Dhaka Power Distribution Company will provide Tk 78 crore from its own funds to implement the project.
“Now we're preparing documents to float the tender to award contract for the job,” he said.
He said it may take one or two months to complete the tender invitation process.
Power Division officials said the new project was undertaken as part of the government's current target to improve power distribution and transmission system after its success in power generation.
They said although the country's power generation reached a benchmark of over 11,000MW through its installed generation capacity of 18,000MW, uninterrupted power supply in the capital city and elsewhere in the country is yet to be ensured due to poor distribution and transmission network.
“As a result, many areas face power outage despite surplus power generation,” said a senior official at the Power Division.
Officials said Dhaka Power Distribution Company mainly operates power distribution systems in Dhaka's central and south-west parts and major parts of Narayanganj city, and the project will be implemented in the two cities.
Officials said the project will facilitate uninterrupted power supply until 2030.
In addition, another new project will be required to continue such facility.
Under the project framework, a good number of old substations, each having 33/11kV capacity, will be replaced with new ones while 165km of new source lines will be built, 33,157 electric poles will be installed, and 1,642km of overhead lines will be renovated.
Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) now distributes about 1,531MW of electricity among its 1.178 million consumers.
The electricity consumption in its command area has been witnessing about 12 percent growth a year.