State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government has a target to bring 100 per cent population of the country under electricity coverage by December this year.
He came up with the statement at a meeting with the executive committee of the Forum for Energy Reporters Bangladesh (FERB), a journalist body of the working reporters in the energy and power sector, on Sunday at the Power Division office, reports UNB.
Nasrul Hamid said the government will celebrate the achievement of cent per cent electricity accessibility during this year’s National Victory Day on December 16.
All the areas of the country will come under an electricity grid network by the time while the off-grid areas will get electricity through the solar home system, he added.
He mentioned that the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) and other distribution companies have been working relentlessly to achieve the goal of making electricity accessible for all.
According to the available statistics at the Power Division, more than 98 per cent areas of the country have already been under a grid system.
The country’s present installed power generation capacity has 23,548 MW through 139 power plants while the highest available generation is 12,893 MW.
The Power Division data shows the transmission line capacity has increased to 12,379 circuit line kilometres while the distribution line has enhanced to 588,000 kilometers.
The number of total electricity consumers has reached 27.9 million while per capita electricity consumption is 512-kilowatt hours.
FERB executive committee chairman Arun Karmaker, executive director Shamim Jahangir and other directors and members of the executive body were present at the meeting at the Power Division.