PM Eyes 11000MW by 2015
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Another 1600MW power will be added to the national grid by the end of this year and total generation will be raised to 11,000MW by 2015, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

Hasina was addressing a rally at Shikolbaha, Chittagong on Wednesday, after inaugurating a 150MW peaking power plant.

This declaration came amid a severe power crisis across the country.

At present, average production is only 4000MW against a demand of about 5500MW, according to the Power Development Board.

Addressing the rally at the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) ground, the prime minister said her government is working on a plan to add a total of another 9,426MW to the national grid by 2015. Hasina also vowed to set up a 2,000MW coal-based plant soon in the port city.

Chittagong (South) Awami League organised the rally. It was also attended by activists of North and Metropolitan Awami League.

Following the rally, the prime minister inaugurated the much-awaited third Karnaphuli Bridge, connecting Chittagong metropolitan city with the southern parts of the division.

At the rally, prime minister Hasina pointed out that it s the government's duty to prevent terrorism and ensure security of the people and said that no sort of terrorist activities will be tolerated.

Hasina urged parents to keep their children away from narcotics and crime. "We are working to build a economically solvent country. Contribution of everyone is needed to this end."

Pointing out that the current law and order is better than other times, she said, "This time the people can freely shop for Eid at night. This proves that the law and order has improved."

"We are working to ensure economic liberation of the people," Hasina said and declared to make the country self-dependent by 2021.

She went on to say that her family along with her father, fou Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had sacrificed their lives to establish the rights of the people.

"I also want to work for you, please keep faith in the government. We are working to ease the sufferings in the people's lives."

The prime minister continued to say that the earlier AL rule from 1996-2001 was the golden age of development.

In contrast, she pointed out, "The country was thrown off-balance during the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami coalition regime."

Hasina alleged that the past BNP government had carried out communal tortures on minorities and were busy with corruption. She added that the country was known as a country of crime and terrorism to the world during that regime and asserted that the country will be in a free fall if the BNP came to power again.

The prime minister promised developments for Chittagong and revealed that an initiative had been taken to regularise capital dredging in a bid to keep the Chittagong port working.

Also, she pledged expansion of road from Chittagong's Dohazari to China's Kung Ming province via Cox's Bazar's Ghumdhum, construction of a stadium in south Chittagong and embankments at Anowara and Bashkhali coasts, increase of Bangladesh Television's programmes for Chittagong station to 12 hours, and establishment of a deep sea port at Shonadia.

The ruling Awami League chief gave a 22-minute speech through the heavy rain, listened to by thousands of people.

The rally was presided over by Akhteruzzaman Chowdhury, president of Awami League Chittagong (South) District unit. Primary and mass education minister Afsarul Ameen and state minister for power Enamul Haque were also present.

Before the rally, Hasina landed at Shikolbaha on a helicopter at 11.25am and inaugurated the 150MW peaking power plant at 12pm. Energy advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Enamul Haque and other senior officials of the power division accompanied her.

At the end of the rally, the prime minister opened the third Karnaphuli Bridge around 1.45pm. Communications minister Syed Abul Hossain, and top officials of the Roads and Highways Department and other senior officials were present.

Hasina then opened the office of the newly formed Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd at the city's Sholoshshohor around 2.15pm.

She also inaugurated the new court building in the afternoon and attended a discussion with lawyers.


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