Revamping the power sector
Thursday, 03 July 2008

The caretaker government is trying to revamp the power sector and streamline power delivery systems to industries, business and private consumers. One of the measures undertaken is the creation of the Dhaka Power Distribution Company which is taking over the entire operations of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority from June 30 midnight The newborn entity in the problematic power sector will embark upon its journey from July 1 as per the Cabinet decision of the caretaker government, while the DESA, an 18-year-old power-distribution outfit for the capital, will stand dissolved under the process. We feel that the cosmetic changes in the power supply system by changing names and structure of the company responsible for generation and distribution of power is not sufficient to deal with the ongoing power crisis. In fact, DESA has been blamed for corruption in the distribution system, and yet eighty per cent of the personnel in DPDC have been re-appointed from DESA. It is now time that the government and the concerned public agencies and the donors concentrate on setting up new generating stations, increasing the transmission and distribution network, and further enhance the power supply capacity through merchant power companies and captive generation facilities in industrial installations. Effective implementation of the programmes that would power to the consumers according to their needs is now necessary and not just the restructuring and renaming of the concerned organizations responsible for power supply, in Dhaka and the rest of the country.

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