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Load-shedding causes concern
Gas shortage at the core of crisis   
Publish Date : 2014-09-19,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 46
Jannatul Ferdousy
In spite of adequate electricity generation capacity, the country is suffering from persistent load-shedding as power plants are being shut down one after another due to shortage of gas or for maintenance.
The government has achieved remarkable success in improving power generation capacity in line with the demand but has failed to keep the power plants going. Load-shedding has reached a miserable level. There are three to four hours of load- shedding in the urban area and six to eight hours in rural area nowadays.
Power Development Board (PDB) Chairman Engr Abduhu Ruhullah said we fail to generate about 1,558 MW of electricity everyday due to inadequate gas supply. Besides that there are a number of plants which are getting older and losing their power generation capacity, while a number of plants are under repair as these risks fire accident due to overheating.
Presently, the PDB has the capacity to generate 10,000 MW against a daily demand of 7,000 MW but it is able to generate about 6,480 MW leaving a shortfall of 650 MW. Closure of power plants, faulty transmission and distribution coupled with system loss has resulted in the nagging countrywide load shedding.
People in Jatrabari, Old Dhaka, Dhanmondi, Gulistan, Panthapath, Azimpur, Demra, Mohammadpur, Banasree, Rampura face load-shedding at least twice a day. Moreover, people in Chittagong, Rajshahi, Comilla, Khulna, Kushtia, and Madaripur are also experiences severe load-shedding every day.
According to Petrobangla there are 34 gas-based power plants which collectively require 1,378 mmcfd but the plants are getting only 808 mmcfd leaving a shortfall of 570 mmcfd.
Brig Moin Uddin Chairman of the Rural Electrification Board told The Daily Observer, there is no way to deny that the load-shedding in the country. We are not being provided power as per our demand. Our demand is 3,800 MW whereas we are getting only 3200 MW daily, so despite our will we are not capable of supplying electricity to the consumers.

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