Dhaka agrees to provide power corridor to India

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    Dhaka agrees to provide power corridor to India


    Dhaka agrees to provide power corridor to India

    The Joint Steering Committee of the two countries has agreed to explore the possibility having such connectivity.

    The power lines will run from Rangia Raota, in Assam, to Borakpur, in Bihar, through Dinajpur's Boro Pukuria, the power secretaries of the two countries told reporters after the seventh meeting of the Bangladesh-India joint steering committee on power cooperation.

    The two sides met at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla in capital Dhaka on Thursday.

    They said Bangladesh would rightfully draw an agreed amount of power from the network.

    Power Secretary Monowar Islam led the Bangladeshi delegation, while Indian Power Secretary PK Sinha led the Indian side.

    For the past few years, India has been looking for ways to transmit electricity from its north-eastern state of Assam to Bihar by using a new electricity network passing through Bangladesh.

    The technical committee settled for the Arunachal-Assam-Barapukuria-Bihar route after weighing three options.

    The network will be able to transmit some 6,000-7,000 megawatt of electricity.

    Monowar Islam told reporters, “Today’s high point is that the Indian technical committee has placed a report, which we’ve approved in principle.”

    This serves as the basis on which the two countries have formed another technical team to examine a second grid line, he said

    Indian Power Secretary PK Sinha said: “It’s a historic decision.”

    “A joint technical team has been constituted to explore another grid link from north-eastern India to Bihar via Bangladesh. We’ve selected one of the three options for grid interconnection. It will be able to transmit 6000 megawatt of electricity,” Sinha said.

    But it is not yet unclear the amount of electricity Bangladesh stands to get from the deal.

    “I think it’s not the right time for calculation,” Islam said when asked about the quantum of Bangladesh’s benefit.

    He described this regional cooperation as a “win-win situation” in which both countries expected to benefit. “We’ll definitely get some electricity from the power network,” he added, an assurance Sinha readily endorsed.

    The Indian Power Secretary said there was a huge hydroelectricity potential waiting to be tapped in north-eastern India, and that Bangladesh could be a beneficiary.

    “Arunachal Pradesh one alone has a 50,000 megawatt of hydroelectricity potential. Several projects were being planned; others were being executed,” he said, assuring that some of the generated power it will go to Bangladesh.

    Thursday’s meeting also decided in principle that Bangladesh would import 130 megawatts of electricity from India.

    The meeting also agreed to explore the possibility of Bangladesh getting another 500 MW from the Indian power market through the 71-kilometer Bheramara-Baharampur grid to boost the Bheramara substation in Bangladesh.

    Several steps have been initiated to increase India-Bangladesh electricity cooperation after the Awami League came to power in January 2009.

    The first inter-country power grid in South Asia was commissioned in October 2013 between Baharampur (India) and Bheramara (Bangladesh) to facilitate the transmission of 500MW from India to power-starved Bangladesh.

    Under a joint venture, Bangladesh and India have set up a 1320MW coal-fired power plant at Rampal Upazila in Bagerhat district.
     
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    India allowed power corridor
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    Delhi will need to pay wheeling charges for using Bangladeshi territory





    Dhaka has decided to allow New Delhi to transmit power through Bangladeshi soil in exchange for providing 500-1000MW of power to Bangladesh every day.

    According to the plan, India will set up power lines for transmitting electricity from Assam to India’s northwestern regions, using three routes including Dinajpur’s Barapukuria and Jamalpur.

    The 6,000MW capacity transmission lines on Bangladeshi area might stretch 100km if it was set up in Barapukuria and 200km if in Jamalpur, according to a report submitted by the joint technical team formed to construct a grid inter-transmission line between the countries.

    A joint steering committee of the countries approved the report yesterday in its seventh meeting of Bangladesh-India power sector cooperation at the capital’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.

    Several members of the joint technical committee confirmed the news to the Dhaka Tribune.

    A sub-station would be built on each route, the report said, while the technical committee also recommended forming a committee for a feasibility study to construct the transmission line from Rangia Raota of Assam through Barapukuria, or Jamalpur to India’s northwestern regions, where an 800kV DC transmission line would be set up.

    Two other possible routes of the transmission line are from Assam’s Bongaon through Barapukuria or Jamalpur to Bihar’s Punia where a 765kV AC transmission line would be set up, and from Assam’s Shilchar via Meghna Ghat-Bheramara to West Bengal where a 400kV AC transmission line would be set up.

    According to the report, India would also have to pay wheeling charges for using the Bangladeshi power corridor.

    At the meeting, India also agreed to provide an additional 130MW of electricity to Bangladesh, of which 100MW would be commercially imported from Tripura and the rest through the Bheramara sub-station. Power Secretary Monowar Islam made the disclosure in a briefing after the joint steering committee’s meeting. Monwar and his Indian counterpart Prodeep Kumar Sinha led the respective sides at the meeting.

    Work is going on to launch a 660MW unit of the Rampal power plant within 2018, Monowar said, adding: “Positive discussions have been made in the meeting to import a further 500MW of electricity.”

    Indian Power Secretary Pradeep said: “We have taken some decisions to explore the possibility of interconnection between India and Bangladesh.”

    On the prospects of importing electricity from Nepal and Bhutan, a meeting among the countries was also planned for next May in India, to make a final decision in this regard.

    Dhaka is keen to import electricity from India in order to reduce dependence on more expensive power from quick rental plants, of which production cost is average Tk17 per unit; each unit of electricity from India costs an average of Tk6. At present, Dhaka imports 500MW of electricity from India, 50% from the public sector and the rest from the private sector.

    Meanwhile, the Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company Limited also held a separate meeting yesterday to review its progress in establishing the 1,320MW Rampal power plant at Bagerhat.
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    India may deploy army here: Bangladeshi leader

    A senior opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader has said India may deploy its army in Bangladesh in the name of guarding its power corridor.

    Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, a BNP standing committee member, made the insinuation Sunday while speaking at a human chain, bdnews24.com reported Monday.

    The demonstration was held in front of the National Press Club, Dhaka, in protest against the government's decision to give a power corridor to India

    Roy said the power transmission lines that will link northeastern and northwestern parts of India through Bangladesh will "waste 4,500 bighas of land".

    "Then India will say their infrastructure needs to be protected by their own forces. This way they will take away our independence," he was quoted as saying.


    India may deploy army here: Bangladeshi leader | Business Standard
     
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