Bangladesh and India inaugurate joint power transmission plant
DHAKA (Reuters) - The Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and India have inaugurated a joint power transmission plant through which Bangladesh will receive up to 500MW of electricity, a senior official said.
The move is potentially significant for Bangladesh, which is trying to augment its own electricity generation to help it achieve 8 per cent economic growth. Its generation capacity is currently about 6,000MW, against demand for more than 7,500MW.
Inaugurating the Bangladesh-India Power Transmission Plant on Saturday, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the country was also trying to import another 500MW of power from India and was also making another attempt to purchase electricity through a tripartite agreement involving Nepal, India and Bhutan.
A grid interconnection between Bheramara in Bangladesh and Baharampur in India was completed at the end of August, officials said.