Bangladesh to get 1,100 MW of power from Tripura in addition to 500 MW received from WB

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Dhaka, June 25: Bangladesh will begin receiving 100 MW of power from Tripura from early January which will be in addition to the 500 MW it already receives from West Bengal and a like amount that is on the cards from the state for a total of 1,100 MW.

The two nations, India and Bangladesh entered a new phase of bilateral cooperation for regional benefit. The power from Tripura will flow with the completion of 65 transmission towers in the northeastern state by December-end, a minister said.To enhance power grid connectivity as envisaged in the framework agreement, PM Modi agreed in principle to consider Bangladesh’s proposal to allow import from India to Bangladesh additional power in a phased manner through construction of an additional grid interconnection on western side of Bangladesh,” said the India-Bangladesh declaration in PM Modi’s visit.

During his visit to Dhaka on June 6-7 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the power supply from Tripura with his Bangladesh counterpart, Sheikh Hasina. PM Modi has declared that India would enhance the supply of power to Bangladesh from the existing 500 MW to 1,100 MW.

The union government-owned Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has already completed 20 of the 65 transmission towers in southern and western Tripura, news agency North East Today reported.

“The remaining 45 transmission towers and related works would be completed by December,” Tripura Power Minister Manik Dey told media after holding meetings with PGCIL engineers and officials.

“I have asked the PGCIL authorities to expedite the works to fulfil our commitment given to Bangladesh about supplying 100 MW of power,” he added. The minister said PGCIL would erect around 20 km of transmission lines in Tripura, while the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) would lay 27 km of transmission line on its side.

Tripura Power Minister Dey said that Indian and Bangladeshi officials, after a series of meetings, finalised the various technicalities and mechanisms to supply 100 MW of power from Tripura. “While erecting new power transmission lines from (western Tripura’s) Surjyamaninagar power grid to Comilla (in eastern Bangladesh) power grid to supply the power, human habitations, forests and other vital installations would be avoided,” Dey added.

Officials and engineers of PGCIL, Central Electricity Authority, Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL), PGCB and Bangladesh Power Development Board are now in a close touch to complete the transmission lines between the two countries at the earliest.

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