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No house will remain without electricity: PM

  • Special Correspondent
  • 29 November, 2019 12:00 AM
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No house will remain without electricity: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday reiterated that her government will bring every house under the electricity coverage.

“No house and market will remain in the dark,” she said while inaugurating four development projects through a videoconferencing from Ganabhaban in the capital.

The premier inaugurated development projects, including the installation of solar panels in the remote areas in Chattogram Hill Tracts, national data centre in Kaliakoir, commissioning of five ships and one survey vessel for Kaptai Lake.

Sheikh Hasina said her government started massive development activities in the CHT areas and installation of power panels in the remote areas where it would not be possible to provide electricity connection from the national grid.

Opening the development schemes, the premier said the development journey of Bangladesh will continue. “Our progress will continue,” she said.

Under the Power Supply through Installation of Solar Panels in CHT Remote Areas Project, some 10,890 families of 1,927 villages in 26 upazilas of three hill districts — Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban — came under the electricity coverage.

The project has been implemented in the villages as it will not be possible to supply electricity there from the national grid for the next 20-25 years, said CHT Affairs Secretary Mesbahul Islam in his presentation.

Opening the solar power system, the premier said instability started in the CHT area following the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, but her government restored peace

through signing the CHT Peace Accord 1997.

Sheikh Hasina commissioned the ‘CVASU Research Vessel’ made at the initiative of Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Science University (CVASU) to conduct study over fish and other species in the Kaptai Lake in Rangamati.

Senior Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division Sohorab Hossain made a presentation over the research vessel which will help increase fish production by finding out fish sanctuaries and protecting their breeding spots in the large lake.

The premier also commissioned five ships – MV Banglar Samriddhi, MV Banglar Arjan, MV Banglar Agragati, MV Banglar Agrajatra and MV Banglar Agradut built by Bangladesh Shipping Corporation. Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad made a presentation over the five newly-built ships.

About the shipbuilding, Sheikh Hasina said a shipyard will be constructed in the southern region – maybe in Barguna— of the country.

Noting that the shipbuilding industry has developed in the private sector as well, she said the government had been promoting private entrepreneurs in the industry.

She also digitally opened the four-tier data centre, the world’s seven largest data centre, at Bangabandhu Hi-Tec City, Kaliakair in Gazipur.

ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam made a presentation on the data centre.

The premier exchanged views with beneficiaries and stakeholders of the projects through the videoconference.

Education Minister Dipu Moni, CHT Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing and State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak were also present. PM’s Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman moderated the function.