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306 UZs under full electricity coverage, 154 under process

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BSS, Dhaka :
The government has brought some 306 upazilas under cent percent electricity coverage, 55 upazilas are awaiting for full coverage inauguration while the rest of 154 upazilas would be brought under electricity coverage by June 2019.
"A good news is awaiting for the country as all upazilas will be brought under power coverage by June 2019, a true reflection of the present government's sincere efforts to rid the nation from load shedding," State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told BSS on Tuesday.
The present government, he said, under the bold and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already brought some 251 upazilas under cent percent electricity coverage.
Highlighting the steps taken by the present government to make the country self-reliant in power production, Nasrul said currently 91 percent people of the country are getting electricity.
He said the government after taking office has undertaken measures to meet the power demand and started implementing various short, medium and long-term power projects as well.
According to a ministry official, the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) has been working fast to achieve its target to bring 465 upazilas under electricity coverage by June 2019.
The BREB made a commitment to provide over 30 lakh new electricity connections. Some 78 Palli Bidyut Samiti (PBS) under the BREB have been implementing various development projects as the government has comprehensively extended the electrification coverage through construction of lines and connections to bring power facilities to the doorstep of every citizen.
"The number of power plants now rose to 126 having generation capacity of 20,430 MW (including captive), which was only 27 with a mere 4,942 MW capacity when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took office in 2009," Nasrul said.
Talking to BSS, Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain said currently the number of power consumers rose to 3.18 crore and per capita electricity generation is now 464 kWh while the annual development programme allocation is Taka 25,695 crore in 2018-19.
"The ministry has been working relentlessly for building "Sonar Bangla" as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is pledge-bound to make "Digital Bangladesh" by ensuring access to power for all citizens by 2021," he said.

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