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Cabinet nod to power import from India
Staff Correspondent
Published :Thursday, 10 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 27
The Cabinet Purchase Committee on Wednesday approved a total of 15 proposals, including buying of 140 megawatts (MW) electricity from India.
The Cabinet body gave the go-ahead to the proposals in a meeting with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair.
Senior ministers, who are member of the committee, attended the
Mostafizur Rahman, Additional secretary of Cabinet Division briefed reporters after the
He said the committee has approved 10 purchase proposals worth Tk 2,443.5 crore.
He said that the country will buy 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity from India's Tripura state for a period of five years to meet  the country's acute demand of power. The Power Division has prepared the proposal in this connection.
NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN), an Indian state-owned power generation company, will supply the electricity from the Palatana power plant in Tripura at a cost of Tk. 6.43 per KWh, he added.
Mostafizur said the work order will be given to NVVN for supplying 100 MW electricity from Tripura from last week of this month, on the basis of 'no electricity no payment'.
He said the Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) and the Power Generation Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), both state-owned companies, tested the transmission lines on their respective sides in December last year and found that they were functioning properly.
Besides, the process of installing a 47km-long transmission line from western Tripura to southern Comilla has also been completed.
According to the sources, that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to switch on the power supply from Tripura to Bangladesh on March 23.
The others proposal are- project on protecting the right-bank of the Jomuna River at the Sariakandi in Bogra district area, Bridge construction project on the river Shitalakshya at charsindur in the Narsingdi, the installation of Single Point Mooring with double pipe line project, Protective Work Project Implementation besides of Padma bridge, Buriganga river restoration project, Khulna Shipyard Limited project and 150 tonnes of Diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizer projects have been approved in the meeting.

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