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Two power network expansion projects okayed

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved two power network projects involving Tk 13,909.21 crore to expand electricity coverage in the country`s eastern and western parts.

The approval came from an ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city on Tuesday with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the ECNEC had approved a total of 12 new and revised projects involving a cost of Tk 30,343.222 crore.

Of the total cost, Tk 25, 904.43 crore will come from the government exchequer, Tk 4,404.99 crore as project assistance while Tk 33.80 crore from own fund of the organizations concerned, he added.

He said cost for the power network expansion projects for eastern part-Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chittagong and Sylhet division- is Tk 7,123.30 crore.

The government will set up a 39,100-kilometer distribution line to give 13.70 lakh consumers electricity connections as part of the government move to bring entire population under power coverage by 2021, he added.

As part of the power network expansion programme in western part, a 38.010-kilometer power distribution line will be installed at a cost of Tk 6,776.91 crore in Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal divisions, said Kamal.

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