Dhaka to support SAARC power grid

Aug 10, 1998 02:00 AM

Bangladesh has assured its all-out support for a move toward setting up a South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) power grid to solve the growing electricity crisis in South Asian countries.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury made this assurance while addressing the opening session of a two-day regional workshop on improving the availability of power in the region.
"I fully support the plans of having an SAARC power grid," he said, adding tremendous potentialities lay in the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna basins from where "we can produce at least 40,000 MW of electricity."
He stressed integrated efforts for tapping those huge resources to meet the energy needs and urged the experts present at the workshop to come up with recommendations for establishing the power grid of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for redistribution of electricity within the region for the common interest of millions of people.
The workshop has been organised by the Federation of Engineering Institution of South and Central Asia, a joint platform of the professional engineering bodies of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lank.

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