• Thursday, Jan 27, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:32 am

  • Published at 10:16 pm August 24th, 2016

People residing in Sadar upzila said power supply throughout the country reached at its peak with production of over 8,300 megawatts every, they still had to face load shedding for several hours in a day, hampering their regular activities.

Modasseru Zaman, an NGO employee, who is a resident of Collegepara in the district town told the Dhaka Tribune that SSC and PSC candidates could not study properly at night due to severe power outage.

Advocate Sirajul Islam, convenor of Nagorik Parishad district chapter, said: There is no load shedding in neighbouring districts – Rangpur, Nilphamari and Manikganj, but people of the district have been suffering from load shedding over a month, I do not know why this discrimination?”

He also urged the authorities concerned to form a probe committee to find out the reason behind the anomalies.

Mukul Mandal, owner of a rice mill, said: “We merely get electricity four hours in a day. Production in my mill is being severely hampered. I have been counting loss for the last couple of weeks.

To grab the attention of authorities, hundreds of people from all sections of life holding kerosine lamps brought out a procession in BD road area in the district town yesterday, demanding uninterrupted electricity supply.

President of Gaibandha unit Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Shah Shariful Islam, Secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh, General Secretary of Bangladesh Pahila Parishad Riktu Prasad, among others, addressed the rally.

Speakers at the rally said although production of electrify was sufficient, they had to suffer from severe power outage everyday almost five hours.

They also said people of the district faced about 20 hours power outage in the last two days (Monday and Tuesday), much to create anger among the rural people.

They also alleged that a section of unscrupulous officials of the Power Development Board (PDB) were doing brisk business capitalizing electricity. The section gave illegal electricity connections to different factories, taking bribe.

The use of rundown electricity supply lines, risky transmeters and lack of essential equipment is also responsible for the load shedding.

They also vowed to launch tougher movement, if smooth power supply is not ensured soon.

Executive Engineer of Gaibandha Power Development Board told the Dhaka Tribune that the demand of electricity in the district was 22 to 24 megawatts while it got only 13 to 14 megawatts each day from Polashbari grid-line.

He said Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) distributed power to different districts across the country.

He said: “As we are not getting power supply according to our demand, we have to go on load shedding.”

Atul Babu, assistant engineer of Palashbar 132/33KV Grid, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had nothing to do in this regard, as Dhaka Load Dispass Centre controlled the power distribution system.

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