Sylhet to get 320,000 new rural electricity connections


The government today approved a project of over Tk14 billion to expand the operations of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Boards (BREB) in the division by 2018.

A meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project also to develop physical facilities at the REB headquarters in Dhaka.

ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting Dhaka, where ministers and senior officials were present.

It was one of the seven projects the government approved at the meeting involving a total cost of over Tk57 billion to be financed from the national exchequer about Tk28 billion and over Tk29 billion from foreign aid. About Tk100 million is supposed to come from the REB’s own source.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) will implement the expansion of rural electrification operations under six Samities (associations) of Sylhet division – Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj, Sylhet-1, Sylhet-2 – and Netrakona Palli Bidyut Samity.

As of March 2016, REB provided around 15 million power connections by setting up 301,000-km lines in Sylhet region.

The main projects activities include setting up of some 7,300-km 33 KV lower voltage line, construction of some 12 new power sub-stations, some 19 power sub-station augmentation, construction of three switching stations, some 7.65 acres of land acquisition, constructing a six-storey office building with a 10-storey foundation at the BREB headquarters.

The meeting approved another project titled “pro-poor slum integration project (PPSIP) with over Tk3 billion to improve the lifestyle of low-income group in selected municipalities and city areas, besides improving the standards of formal settlement.

National Housing Authority will implement the project by March 2020 at Comilla City Corporation, Sirajganj Pourashava and Narayanganj City Corporation.

The main project operations include construction of tertiary infrastructures for 19 communities, construction of primary and secondary infrastructures in three cities, ensuring environmental and social mitigation system in three project areas, community mobilisation for the project operations, appointing design and supervision consultant, monitoring and evaluation consultant and land acquisition.

Kamal said the project is to enhance the capacity of underprivileged communities of the three areas so they could live a better life through ensuring better sewerage facility and safe drinking water.

About 3.9 million cubic metres of capital dredging project of Pashur Channel from Mongla Port to Rampal Power Plant was also approved with an expenditure of about Tk1.7 billion to maintain navigability.

Marine vessels having 7.5 metres of draft would then be able to easily transport imported coal for the Rampal Power Plant. The Mongla Port Authority is expected to implement the project by December next year.

The other projects approved are: Construction of 17 regional passport offices with Tk1.07 billion, protecting Charfashion poura town under Bhola district from erosion of Meghna river with Tk2.09 billion, Bangladesh scouting expansion and construction of Scout Shatabdi Bhaban with Tk1.22 billion, secondary education quality and access enhancement project (3rd revised) with Tk34 billion.

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