Power sector should top the agenda
Awami League led present government's two years experience in power sector is not satisfactory. It has spent its first year in making plans only. In the second year, it was busy with signing contracts. New projects for generating power are not being implemented as per the plans. The govt. wanted to establish expensive diesel based quick rental power plants to meet the growing demand of electricity. Rather they should think about a permanent solution to this power crisis. Adequate supply of gas is needed for gas based power plants. But the necessary gas cannot be provided to these power plants because of gas crisis.
The government should take steps for exploring new gas fields. In last two years, domestic and foreign investments have reduced for acute crisis of power and gas. 1131 MW electricity has been added to the national grid during these two years. This amount of power is too small to meet the growing demand. More liquid fuel, coal, dual fuel and renewable energy based power plants should be installed for solving power crisis. Besides, the govt. should go ahead with the process of establishing nuclear power plant at Rooppur with Russian collaboration, which will generate 2000 MW of electricity. A few days ago, the PM expressed her government's plan for improving the situation. We hope it will do its best to reduce the sufferings of the people.