COX’S BAZAR: Local people, both skilled and unskilled, are changing their lot by working in the construction site of 1200-megawatt (MW) Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal Fired Power Plant at Moheshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar.
“We have hired local people, both skilled and unskilled, for the construction works of the power plant here,” Superintendent Engineer (Operation) of Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited Md Monowar Hossain Mojumder told BSS here today.
Another employee, Md Sultan Mia, a carpenter, said that he was coming from Moheshkhali upazila sadar to work at the power plant living with his family members.
“I get over Taka 35000 as monthly salary. And I feel good for my monthly income. Time is very important here and before scheduled time, I have to enter inside the project,” he added.
According to the project details, around 7394 employees, including skilled and unskilled as well as technical and non-technical people, are working in the entire project.
Japanese, Chinese and nationals of some other countries are engaged in the project. All employees and technical persons are following health guidelines strictly, as the whole world is experiencing the worst period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bangladesh is also facing the pandemic.
Superintendent Engineer Md Monowar Hossain Mojumder said the power division of the ministry has instructed to maintain health guidelines while working.
“We are also constructing a sea port to handle mother vessels loaded with coal for the plant. It’s a power hub at Moheshkhali and our target is to ensure uninterrupted and reliable power supply to our consumers,” he said.
Nasrul Hamid said, “Everything is being done in local people’s interest as our visionary leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina oversees the entire project. With her bold leadership, Bangladesh achieved a tremendous success in power and energy sector.”
In the meantime, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) has brought Moheshkhali upazila under cent percent electricity coverage as promised by the government.