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‘Speedy energy supply act may get 3-yr extension’

The government is likely to extend the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act 2010 to implement development plans quickly in the power and energy sector.

The special law, which will expire in October 2018, may be extended by three more years. Earlier, it got extension two times.

The extension of the law will be made to rapidly implement development plans undertaken till 2021.

A long time is needed to implement projects in the traditional tender procedure. So, the speedy act was formulated in 2010 to speedily implement the projects.

Meanwhile, opinions about further extension of the law have been taken from the ministries of finance, commerce, public administration and foreign affairs.

After taking an opinion from the Law Ministry, a proposal will be placed before a cabinet meeting. After an approval from the cabinet, it will be sent to parliament for its passage.

Mohammad Hossain, Director General of the Power Cell, said the time limit of the law will expire next October. A proposal has made for a three-year extension of the law till October, 2021.

He also said it has been possible to speed up development activities in power sector for the establishment of quick rental power plants under the law.

The law provides “Notwithstanding anything contained in the Public Procurement Act, 2006 or any other law for the time being in force, the provisions of this Act shall prevail. No question regarding the validity of any act done or purported to be done, any action taken or any order issued or direction given under this Act shall be raised in any court.”

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