POST TIME: 9 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Power Development Board
Tk 964cr uplift scheme being implemented

Tk 964cr uplift scheme being implemented

RAJSHAHI: Power Development Board (PDB) has been implementing a mega project in Rajshahi division involving more than Taka 964.16 crore to ensure a safe and dependable power supply together with meeting the increasing demand for electricity till 2025, reports BSS.

PDB sources said the four and half-year project styled “Power Distribution Management Development, Rajshahi Zone” is being implemented in Rajshahi city and 16 upazilas of all eight districts under the division since July 2015. The project intends to improve distribution system along with capacity enhancement of the distribution zone coupled with supplying power

uninterruptedly, said Engineer Abdul Aziz, director of the project. Upon its successful implementation by December 2019, the mega scheme will contribute a lot to meeting the gradually mounting power demand besides reducing system loss.

It will also help reducing existing load shedding caused by the prevailing power system weakness in the zone comprising 60 upazilas covering 16,493 square-kilometer areas with around 21.7 million people. In the recent time, a large number of new rice mills, cold-storages, poultry farms and agro-based industries was established in the region.

Besides, big shopping malls, trade centres and large number of educational institutions are functioning. An export processing zone has been set in Pabna. The establishments have created a huge demand for power supply. Engineer Aziz says the project has provision of installing seventeen 33/11 KV new substations and upgradation and renovation of existing 27 others. “We are constructing 1299-kilometer new distribution lines side by side with renovating 1714-kilometer existing lines,” he added.

Under the project, requisite number of office buildings, substation buildings, boundary wall, internal roads and drains will be constructed. He told BSS that construction of a number of picking power plants, independent power plants and rental electricity centres is progressing fast in the region. Distribution of generated power from the plants and centres could be possible through the newly installed distribution lines under the project.