State-run Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) has taken up a project to put the overhead electricity cables underground in the city.
Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO) is also implementing a project for installation, upgradation and conversion of existing 33 KV Overhead lines into underground cables in its service areas in the capital.DPDC signed a consultancy deal with an Australian firm on Thursday to design the technical and financial framework of the underground cabling project at a cost of Tk 21.55 crore.
DPDC secretary Hasnat Chowdhury and Engr Khandaker Wahidul Islam on behalf of Energytron R&D, KIS Group, Australia signed the deal at Biddut Bhaban in the city.
As per the deal, Energytron R&D will conduct a survey on 132kv, 33kv, 11kv and 11/0.4kv overhead distribution lines, prepare a design and budget estimation for the underground distribution system in a year.
State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid attended the deal signing function as the chief guest. Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, BPDB chairman Khaled Mahmood, DPDC managing director Bikash Dewan and Energytron R&D regional manager Richard Murphy were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Nasrul Hamid said the underground cable will help ensure a safe, secure and uninterrupted power distribution system in the city.
It will also help beautify the capital, cut system loss, improve stability and protect the power distribution system during any major natural disasters, he said.DPDC supplies electricity to 12.18 lakh consumers in the city.