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Dhaka Friday,  May 14, 2021

No gas, power connection to industries set up in undesignated areas: Nasrul

State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Monday said gas and power connections would not be given to the industrial unit unless those are established in planned industrial zones.

“Not only economic zones, there’re industrial zones of BSCIC. No gas or power connection will be given to industries if those aren’t set up in planned zones,” he said.

Nasrul was talking to reporters after holding a meeting with Deputy Commissioners (DCs) at the Cabinet Division of the secretariat.

Referring to prepaid metre, the state minister said, “There’re some problems at the field level regarding the metre as it’s a new technology.”

He said a guideline will be formulated soon for land acquisition to install power transmission lines.

About outstanding power bill, Nasrul said the country now has arrear electricity bills of about Tk 1400 crore in addition to outstanding gas bills.

He mentioned that there are problems in power and gas supply due to the establishment of unplanned industrial units. The entrepreneurs may shift to planned industrial areas in the future, if they want to do.

Nasrul Hamid said, help to build a planned country by master plan of each upazila locally. There is a great scope for the DCs to implement innovative concepts and ideas. Proposal from the field level is actually easy to decide quickly at the policy making level.

The State Minister said this while speaking to the Deputy Commissioners of the District Deputy-Regional Conference-2014 in secretariat. Calling the Deputy Commissioners to abstain from the proposal to set up or set up industrial-factories except the planned areas. He said no gas-power connection would be given to the factories except the economic zone or scheduled places. He leased the sand mohal or mineral and asked to be more careful in determining the location. He said, stoning of stone quarry lease or licensing will be stopped in phases.

Regarding the problem of rural electricity with pre-payment meter, modern smart pre-payment meters and planned load management will solve these problems. The electricity department will soon hold a meeting with the rural electrification board and the concerned. Deputy administrators can make more responsible contributions to waste management. The State Minister for Power thanked the Deputy Commissioners and said that the power department was the first to implement the Annual Performance Agreement and the Energy and Mineral Resources Division was third, behind which the Deputy Commissioners had significant contribution.
Power Division’s Senior Secretary said answering the questions given by the Deputy Commissioners regarding the power department. Ahmed Qaykawas and the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources answered the questions of the department secretary Abu Hena Md. Rahmatul Munim.

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