Change of office timing suggested to save power
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Discussants at a roundtable on ‘power crisis in business and industries during the peak summer’ emphasized the need for changing the office timetable to 8 am to 2 pm to save more electricity for using during the evening peak hours, reports agency.

“ We can save 350 MW at Dhaka and Chittagong daily to put it to households or industry during peak hours,” said Engineer BD Rahmatullah of Rural Electrification Board taking part in the discussion.

The Media Foundation for Trade and Development organized the discussion at Jatiya Press Club chaired by Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) Prof Dr Anwarul Azim. Columnist Sadeq Khan was in the chair.

FBCCI President Anisul Haque, Prof Mahbub Ullah, journalist Amanullah Kabir, president of Bangladesh Engineering Industries Owners Association Abdur Razzak, President of Bangladesh Dukan Malik Samity Amir Hossain Khan, Chairman of Bangladesh Cold Storage Association Eng Major (Retd)Jasim Uddin, General secretary of Bangladesh Re-rolling Mills Association Sheikh Masadul Alam Masud, and Vice President of Bangladesh Steel Mills Owners Association Abul Qashem Majumder spoke.

The speakers demanded the government to free the captive power generation to private sector as a way to mitigate the growing power shortage from which the country’s private sector business and industries are severely suffering.

Anis said,” Open talk on the terms and condition, tell us where such captive plants can be set up to support the national grid, in addition to supplying private entrepreneur’s own needs.”

He also emphasized the need for switching to coal based power generation saying, the world’s 68 percent power come from coal. He suggested the government should sit with the proponents and opponents of open pits mining saying, “We must find a solution to the problems hindering the development of coal mines.”

Anis said, power shortage is slowing down the growth and the business community is scared about it. He said, the government should extend helping hand to industries now looking for setting up captive power generation facilities to run their industries.

Masadul said, the steel and re-rolling mills wanted such power plants but the government has not only raised import duty of captive plants but also denying gas supply or other support to install the facilities. He demanded bank loans at easy term to set up captive power plants.

The re-rolling mills are also suffering from discriminatory duty structure, he said adding, if the situation continues, the industry would be forced to close the shutter.

Prof Mahbub Ullah said, the present over-loaded tax and tariff policy may trigger a de-industrialization process and the present publicity from certain quarters that the country is closer to end of available gas reserves may be aimed at creating a scare.

“Is it aimed at serving the purpose of certain quarters or part of any ill motivated campaign,” he cautioned.
Rahmatullah said, the country must find electricity to promote agriculture and support industry.
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