Dhaka: Faced with acute power shortage, Bangladesh has formally proposed import of hydro-electricity from Bhutan via India.
“I have sent the proposals to the power ministers of both Bhutan and India to get supply of hydroelectricity under the SAARC regional cooperation,” Energy and Power adviser Tapan Chowdhury said on 3 May.
He said the proposals were sent to his Bhutanese and Indian counterparts in line with the discussions at South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) energy ministers’ conference held in March in New Delhi, which agreed in principle to set up an energy ring to address regional power shortfall.
Chowdhury said he is now awaiting a formal response from the two countries as the electricity line would need to come through Indian territory from Bhutan, the leading newspaper said.
India has investments in power plants in Bhutan and has electricity connectivity with Nepal and Bhutan, the two Himalayan nations having huge hydroelectric potential. The report came two days after foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Dhaka wants to resume negotiation on the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline to carry Myanmar gas to India through Bangladesh territory.
Chowdhury acknowledged the growing power shortage despite rehabilitation of existing plants while energy experts feared the country would continue to suffer from acute electricity shortfall even if urgent steps are taken to install new plants.