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Power sector received Tk 522.6b as subsidy in 10 years

UNB | Published: February 18, 2020 20:19:34 | Updated: February 19, 2020 10:48:47

Power sector received Tk 522.6b as subsidy in 10 years

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid informed the parliament on Tuesday that the government provided Tk 522.60 billion as subsidy to power sector in the last 10 years.

The junior minister was replying to a query from Awami League MP Didarul Alam from Chattogram-4 constituency.

Nasrul said the average cost of generating per unit of electricity for both public and private sectors is Tk 13-14 (furnace oil based), Tk 25-30 (diesel based) and Tk 2.5-3 (gas based).

However, he said, the cost of per unit supply of electricity at the bulk level of Power Development Board is Tk 5.82 and its average sales price at the bulk level is Tk 4.80.

Responding to a question from AL MP Shahiduzzaman Sarker from Naogaon-2, the state minister said gas is currently being imported as LNG.

At present, the LNG, equivalent to about 590 million cubic feet is imported daily.

In response to a query from Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam, Nasrul Hamid said the amount of illegal gas connections in Dhaka city, Dhaka district, Munshiganj, Narayanganj and Gazipur is around 245,000.

In these districts, 121 spots with the origin of illegal distribution lines have been detected.

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