Routine load shedding from tomorrow
Published: 01:22 PM, 18 July 2022 Updated: 09:49 PM, 18 July 2022
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, Prime Minister’s adviser on Energy, Power, and Mineral Resources Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Ahmed Kaykaus, Secretary to the PMO Tofazzal Hossain at the press beriefing at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the capital on Monday, July 18, Photo: Daily Bangladesh
To solve the power crisis, there will be two-hour load shedding from Tuesday (July 19). This load shedding will be “experimental for a temporary period”. Everyone will be informed in advance, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said today.
He said these at a press conference organized at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the capital on Monday.
“Petrol pumps will be closed ‘one day a week’ during temporary load shedding,” the State Minister said. Apart from this, whether the office hours can be “reduced or not”, the matter is also being reviewed.
Prime Minister’s adviser on Energy, Power, and Mineral Resources Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, on the other hand, said, “Power production by diesel has been halted in the country.”
After the impact of the COVID pandemic, the government has repeatedly informed that the power generation in the country is being disrupted due to the increase in the price of fuel due to the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also warned everyone about the matter.
According to government data, the demand for electricity across the country is about “9 percent less” than the production — which has to be adjusted through load shedding.
To resolve the crisis, recommendations will be sent to the Cabinet Division to take several steps including opening the home office, and reducing the working hours of the office, said Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury.