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Bangladesh to provide transit facility for Indian power transmission line

Apr 4, 2014 13:16 IST

Bangladesh agreed to provide transit facility for a 6000 megawatt Indian power transmission line. This decision was taken in a joint steering committee meeting on India-Bangladesh power sector cooperation held on 3 April 2014.

In a joint media briefing, it was informed that a committee has been formed to study feasibility of transmitting power through Rangia Raota (Assam) to Borakpur (Bihar) via Boro Pukuria (Northwestern Dinajpur, Bangladesh).

There was also an agreement on the proposal for establishing regional grid connectivity. This proposal plans to connect Bhutan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh via a new electricity network. New Delhi will host meeting of all the four countries in this regard in May 2014.

 

imageIndia also agreed to provide 130 MW more electricity to Bangladesh. Out of this, Dhaka could import 100 MW from India's Tripura state and the rest 30 MW from India's private sector through the Bheramara sub-station.

These developments came six months after the Indo-Bangla cooperation in power sector entered a new phase with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her counterpart Manmohan Singh agreed on establishing a 1320 megawatt joint venture coal-fired plant.

Besides, India's NTPC is constructing the plant at southwestern Rampal. The plant is expected to be commissioned by December 2018.

In October 2013, the two countries simultaneously launched a joint transmission line to export 250 Megawatt power to Bangladesh under separate arrangements.

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