Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has said there is no immediate solution to the existing load shedding as the government has reduced import of primary fuel to conserve foreign currency reserve.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said two engineers of the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will be suspended over the recent national grid failure.
At least 90% power supply was restored across Bangladesh after nearly seven hours of blackout following the national power grid failure today (October 4, 2022).
Power supply was restored in some parts of Dhaka city under Maniknagar and Hasnabad grid substations and also a good number of districts under Sylhet, Chattogram and Mymensingh at 7pm. But supply could not be restored in the areas under Ulon grid substations in Dhaka.
Patients in several hospitals in Dhaka and Chattogram cities have been suffering as many parts of the country have been experiencing power outage since this afternoon.
After the national grid line failure this afternoon, people from residential and other complexes rushed to nearby petrol pumps to purchase fuel for powering their generators.
Power supply to all areas of Dhaka city will be restored by 8pm today (October 4, 2022).
As instructed by officials, a workday from now onwards would start at 8 AM and employees are expected to wrap up by 3 PM. As for banks, the timing shall be from 9 AM to 4 PM. 3 PM? I thought to myself, as I glanced at my calendar and realised, I was occupied by meetings only up until that time. A drastic change in such a short span of time will definitely hamper work schedules. Over time, we get accustomed to a certain working clock and organise our day accordingly. A sudden change may disrupt the work pace and alter our routine way of work to some extent. It is especially difficult for offices that are highly invested in international clients or counterparts to adjust.
The cabinet has rescheduled the office hour of government and autonomous institutions from 8am to 3pm to save electricity and reduce traffic jam.