Bangladesh to get 1,100 MW power from India

02 Jul 2015


Bangladesh will start receiving 100 MW power from Tripura from early January. This 100 MW power from Tripura will flow with the completion of 65 transmission towers. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has already completed 20 of the 65 transmission towers in southern and western Tripura.

 The remaining 45 transmission towers and related works would be completed by December at the latest. PGCIL would erect 20 km of transmission lines in Tripura, while the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) would lay 27 km of transmission line on its side.


This 100 MW of power will be in addition to 500 MW Bangladesh already receives from West Bengal and a like amount that is on the cards from the same state, bringing the total to 1,100 MW of power for Bangladesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed power supply from India with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during his visit to Dhaka on June 6-7. The Indian Prime Minister declared that India would enhance the supply of power from the existing 500 MW to 1,100 MW.


Both the Prime Ministers welcomed the steps being taken to augment supply of power through Baharampur in West Bengal and Bheramara in Bangladesh, grid interconnection from 500 MW to 1000 MW and to operationalize supply of 100 MW from Southern Tripura’s Palatana power plant to Bangladesh. Both the Prime Ministers directed the concerned officials to complete the work in a time-bound manner. To enhance power grid connectivity as envisaged in the frame-work agreement the Indian Prime Minister agreed to consider in principle Bangladesh’s proposal to allow import from India to Bangladesh additional power in a phased manner through construction of additional grid interconnection on western side of Bangladesh.


Indian and Bangladeshi officials, after a series of meetings, finalized the various technicalities and mechanisms to supply 100 MW of power from Tripura. While erecting power transmission lines from Tripura’s Surjyamaninagar power grid to Comilla power grid in Bangladesh to facilitate supply of power, all possible precautions are being taken to avoid human habitations, forests and other vital installations.


Senior officials including engineers of PGCIL, Central Electricity Authority of India, Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL), Power Grid Company Bangladesh (PGCB) and Power Development Board Bangladesh are working in tandem to complete the transmission lines between the two countries at the earliest. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said that after the completion of two mega gas-based power projects, at least 200 MW of power would be surplus in Tripura.


Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India has commissioned its biggest 726 MW commercial power project at Palatana, 60 km south of Agartala, while the state-run North East Electric Power Corporation is setting up a 104 MW power project at Monarchak in western Tripura, 70 km south of Agartala and only 8 km from Bangladesh-India border.


India had begun supply of power to Bangladesh in 2013 after Bangladesh Power Board and India’s NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVM), a subsidiary of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), signed a deal on February 28, 2012 to supply electricity following an agreement signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s last visit to New Delhi in January, 2010.

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