State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said that 100 percent uninterrupted electricity will be ensured within the next three to four years across the country. The minister said this in response to a supplementary question from BNP MP Harunur Rashid in Parliament on Monday.
Nasrul Hamid said South Korea has taken time to ensure uninterrupted power supply in their country. We don’t need that much time. I never said that I was able to supply uninterrupted electricity throughout the country. However, we will be able to supply uninterrupted electricity within 3-5 years.
Responding to the question of the government party M Abdul Latif, Minister of State for Power, said that under the IDCOL financing and TR / Kabita project, there are currently 5,900 solar customers. Of this, Idkol’s own financing is 1 lakh 3 thousand 5 thousand, while under the TR / KABITA project, Idkol’s subscribers are 1 lakh 25 thousand 5 and other companies set up 3 lakh 3 thousand 5.
- 100% of uninterrupted electricity throughout the country in three to four years
- At present, the per capita power generation is 5 KW
- Electricity prices have risen 5 times in 5 years
- Gas connection to the residence is now suspended
Responding to the question of Mamtaz Begum of Manikganj-2 constituency, the Minister said that the presently the per capita power generation is 5 KW. The number of solar home systems installed in off-grid areas across the country is 1 lac 1 thousand 5 thousand.
In response to the question of BNP Ghulam Mohammad Siraj, Nasrul Hamid said that during the current government’s tenure, electricity prices have been increased five times in five years.
Responding to another question from the Member of Parliament, the Minister said that since the present government took over (20-21), the price of gas has been increased four times in the household, electricity and fertilizer sectors, five times in industrial, captive power, tea and commercial sector and six times in CNG sector. The price of all classes of gas has been increased in the last 20 years.
Responding to a question from Jatiya Party Syed Abu Hossain Babal, Nasrul Hamid said that the government has no plans to provide gas connection for the use of domestic work in residential areas. Gas connection to the residential has been halted due to the best use of natural gas and the availability of alternative fuels. Currently, LPG is being encouraged to replace pipeline gas in homes.
Responding to the question of Benazir Ahmed of the government party, the Minister said that the power generation capacity of the country, including captive and renewable energy, is 22 thousand 12 MW. The grid-based production capacity is 5,120 MW. Of these, there are 5 power plants in the public sector, with a capacity of 5,3 MW and 12 private power plants in the private sector. One thousand 3 MW of electricity is being imported from India.
The session began at 4:30 pm before the questioning session, chaired by Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury.