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India to supply more power to Bangladesh

IANS  |  Agartala 

During the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India, the two countries will sign an agreement for supply of additional 60 MW of electricity to the neighbouring country from Tripura, a top official said here on Tuesday.

Hasina is scheduled to visit New Delhi from April 7 to 10.

"Officials of and governments met in Dhaka on March 17 and finalised the technical and other issues to supply extra 60 mw electricity to that country from Tripura," the Indian official told IANS.

He said: "During Sheikh Hasina's visit, the and Indian government officials will sign an agreement in this regard and immediately after that the supply of additional power (to Bangladesh) will begin."

The official said that four Indian officials from the NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN), State Electricity Corporation Ltd and the Indian High Commission in held meeting in Dhaka with the top officials of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and Power Development Board and finalised power tariff and other technical details.

The NVVN is a subsidiary of state owned National Thermal Power Corporation.

has been supplying 100 MW of electricity to since March 23, 2016, in addition to the 500 MW the country is receiving from West Bengal since 2013.

"has sought 100 MW electricity from to solve its power crisis in the eastern part of the country. As government was ready to provide additional 100 MW power to Bangladesh, the Indian government recently informed this to governemnt accordingly," Power and Transport Minister Manik Dey told IANS.

"However, has to develop its infrastructure on their side to receive additional power. Considering their technical feasibility now, they take 60 MW electricity after developing transmission facilities on their side," he added.

"During my visit to in February last year, (Prime Minister) Sheikh Hasina requested us to provide additional 100 MW electricity and I instantly agreed. I had requested her to approach the Indian government on the matter," the minister said.

"Although currently we are supposed to supply 100 MW of power, sometimes takes 110 MW to 115 MW power to meet their requirements."

A 47-km double circuit transmission line was erected, linking the power grid at Surjyamaninagar in western to the Comilla power grid in eastern Bangladesh, to supply electricity to the neighbouring country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina along with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on March 23, 2016, launched the supply of 100 MW power through video-conferencing from their offices in New Delhi, Dhaka and Agartala.

The minister said that had already become a power-surplus state. "If we supply additional power to we will be able to earn extra revenue."

During his visit to Dhaka on June 6-7 in 2015, Prime Minister Modi had discussed with Hasina power supply possibility from

Modi had declared that would eventually enhance the power supply to to 1,100 MW.

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First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 16:02 IST
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