State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said 56 percent of the electricity generated in the country is used in the residential sector.
The state minister came up with the information in response to a question from BNP’s Golam Mohammad Siraj in Parliament yesterday.
He said 57 percent of the electricity generated in the 2019-20 fiscal year has been used in the residential sector while 10 percent in the commercial sector and 28 percent in the industrial sector. In the last 10 years, Tk 6,722 crore has been invested in power generation sector.
Replying to another question from Ghulam Mohammad Siraj, the state minister said the demand for electricity is a bit low at present due to adverse reactions in the national economy due to corona. As a result, some oil-based power plants are closed, according to the Merit Order Dispatch. In addition, some gas-run power plants are running at partial capacity due to shortage of gas. When the world returns to normal overcoming the global epidemic, there will be a balance between electricity demand and production capacity.Replying to a question from Kazim Uddin Ahmed, the state minister for energy said 2,73,100 prepaid meters have already been installed in the residential sector to prevent wastage of gas and efficient use of fuel. Plans are afoot to bring other residential customers under pre-paid meters in phases.
The state minister said arrangements have also been made to supply pre-paid meters at the private level to facilitate the availability of pre-paid meters at the consumer level.
Replying to a question by MP Mamata Hena Lovely, the state minister said the total reserves at 27 gas fields discovered in the country so far (January 1, 2021) are 10.05 trillion cubic feet.
Responding to a question from Asim Kumar Ukil of the ruling party, State Minister Nasrul Hamid said new gas connections to household and commercial classes have been suspended for the time being as per the government’s decision. However, this directive will not effective for hospitals, educational institutions, and prisons. Therefore, there is no decision to connect gas in the new residential building to be constructed in the Dhaka metropolis.
Replying to Haji Md. Selim’s question, state minister Nasrul Hamid said the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission has the authority to fix the wholesale and retail prices of LPG as per the law. Pricing activities are underway at the commission level.
Replying to a question from Nizam Uddin Hazari, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun said the current demand for urea fertilizer in the country is 2.5 million metric tonnes. Till January 23 of the current financial year, 5 lakh 91 thousand 774 metric tons have been produced in the factories of the country. The rest is imported to meet demand.
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