The government is working hard to bring 95 upazilas under 100 percent electricity coverage by FY2017 as a step toward materializing Vision-2021, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said here today.
"The BREB (Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board) is striving to ensure that 95 upazilas have access to power by fiscal 2016-2017," Hamid told BSS here today.
He said the state-run organization has also fixed a target to construct six solar charging stations along with bringing system loss down to 11.50 percent.
The state minister said the government is committed to supplying electricity to every house and bring 100 percent people under power coverage by 2021 along with making "Digital Bangladesh". Currently, 78 percent people are getting electricity, he added.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated 100-percent electricity coverage in the country's six upazilas on August 13, saying, "We will be able to bring 95 more upazilas under 100 percent electrification during the financial year 2016-2017."
Highlighting the steps taken by the present government to make the country self-reliant in power production, he said every upazila would come under hundred-percent electricity coverage by 2021 and the ministry has been working with the aim to build a "Sonar Bangla" as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The BREB has taken initiatives to install 57 lakh prepaid metres by 2021 along with its regular work.
Hamid said, "Government's prudent decision to produce electricity has contributed to creating investment opportunity and developing the country. "We'll be able to bring 95 upazilas under 100 percent electrification in 2016-2017 due to bold and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said.
Besides, the BREB has targeted to bring 176 upazilas under 100 percent electricity coverage by 2018, as it has been providing service to rural consumers for over 38 years.
The power generation capacity is now over 15,000 MW including captive power, which would be 17,000 MW by 2018.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)