Having failed to complete a three-year project for the implementation of two lakh prepaid gas meters by December last, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL) has sought a two-year extension from the Petrobangla and Energy and Mineral Resources Division.
Initiated in 2015, the project that expired on December 18 saw a little over one-third of the meters installed in parts of Dhaka, confirmed sources at the TGDCL, the country’s biggest state-run gas company.
The project is being implemented with funding from the Bangladesh government and Japan International Cooperation Agency.
“Just 74,284 meters were installed at Banani, Baridhara, Gulshan,Bashundhara, Badda, Tejgaon, Mirpur, Cantonment, Kafrul, Khilkhet, Uttara and adjacent areas of Dhaka,” said a Titas official.
He attributed the failure to the delay in starting the project work.
“The practical works of the project started more than two years and a half after its launching in January 2015,” he also said.
He went on saying the proposal seeking extension of the project until 2020 was sent to the government for a go-ahead.
Titas Gas Company and Japan-based Toyokeiki Company Ltd inked a Tk 387 crore engineering, procurement and construction deal on March 16, 2017 for the prepaid meter installation.
Of the total project cost, the government will contribute Tk237 crore, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will pay Tk453 crore, and TGTDCL will provide funds of Tk 22.2 crore.
Some 170,000 prepaid meters will be installed in Madhya Badda, Baridara, Gulshan, Banani, Tejgaon, Azampur, Cantonment, Mirpur, Kafrul, Khhilket, Uttarkhan, and Uttara, with the remaining 30,000 earmarked for Bashundhara, Uttara Third Phase, and Dakkhinkhan.