Finally Chandpur Power Plant Begins

electricity pylonOn the 25th Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone for the 150 MW plant at Gunradji, Chandpur. This represents another step on the road to the government’s goal of providing power for all by 2020.  The project – which was originally initiated by Sheikh Hasina in 2001 was delayed during the years of 4-party alliance and caretaker governments despite several attempts to restart it.  The delays have  not only deprived the area of power but has increased the cost from Tk 342 crore in 2001, in 2004 a revised estimate was put forward of Tk 404 crore, today it can only have increased still further. The plant should now be completed and online in 2014.