POST TIME: 6 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Every household will get electricity by 2021: PM

Every household will get electricity by 2021: PM

Prime Minister's Energy Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid attend a press meet on ‘Power and Energy Week 2018’ at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital yesterday. Focus Bangla Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said 90 percent people of the country have already been brought under electricity coverage reiterating determination that the electricity would be reached every household by 2021, reports BSS.

“We will reach the electricity to cent percent people of the country by 2021,” she said, in a message on the eve of the National Power and Energy Week 2018.

The Awami League government always gives priority to the country’s power and energy sector, the premier said, adding that electricity production was increased to 4,300 MW from 1,600 MW during their term from 1996 to 2001.

“We have also taken different initiatives to boost the electricity production after assuming office in 2009. A total of 13,800 MW electricity was added to the national greed from 94 government and non-government power plants during the last nine and half a years,” Sheikh Hasina said.

Electricity production capacity has increased to 20,000 MW, she said, adding that 56 power plans are now under construction having capacity of producing 14,134 MW.

The government also taken various steps in exploring gas and increasing its production, the premier said, adding that four new gas fields have already been discovered.

The daily average gas production has increased to 2,750 million cubic feet per day that was 1,744 mcft per day in January 2009 while 500 mcft LNG has been being imported to meet the shortage of gas, Sheikh Hasina said.

Prime Minister appreciated the initiatives of observing the National Power and Energy Week to uphold the government’s activities, successes and future plan before the people and encourage the people to check misuse of power and energy.

She also called upon all to contribute towards transforming the country into a middle-income one by 2021 and developed one by 2041 by preventing misuse of power and energy and ensuring appropriate use of it.