State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid has said the 1,200 MW Matarbari power plant will be a milestone of development as various projects are being implemented for installing the plant.
He made the remarks while visiting the project site on Friday. Japanese Ambassador in Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi and JICA’s Chief Representative Takatoshi Nishikata accompanied the state minister during the visit.
State-owned Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Ltd (CPGCBL) is implementing the project with Tk 50,000 crore with the funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The total project includes constructing a 1200 MW ultra-super critical coal-fired power plant, creating a navigation channel for facilitating large sea vessels, setting up a dedicated jetty for coal unloading, building coal yard and rural electrification, reports UNB.
Nasrul Hamid said the Matarbari project will play a pivotal role in improving the livelihood of people in the project area. He also claimed that the project will not be harmful to the environment as the latest technology is being used in the power plant.
During the visit, the state minister was informed that the project has so far seen 13.73 percent financial progress and 18 percent civil construction progress.
The government has been carrying out rehabilitation of those were displaced from their homesteads following the construction of the project.
Shushilan-BBCS JV, an NGO, is now engaged in executing the rehabilitation project which provides training to the affected people on various trades to make them employed.
Local MP Asheq Ullah Rafiq, PDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood and CPGCBL Managing Director Abul Quasem were present during the visit.