Thursday, September 21, 2023

Policy crisis plagues power sector

The Awami League-led Grand Alliance government, at first glance, seems to have obtained full marks in addressing the country’s power crisis within a short time. But is the picture actually that rosy? First, the successes. It is a fact that in 2009, the government had faced a shortfall of 2,500 MW of electricity and 800 ... Read more

Irrigation over, power cut not yet

Financial constraints keep many plants shut; PDB seeks to buy offshore gas from Santos Although the extra need for power for Boro season irrigation is over, the level of load shedding remains unchanged due to the authorities’ financial inability to operate many idle rental power plants. A top official of the Power Development Board (PDB) ... Read more

Power crisis, low groundwater levels raise farmers’ fears

Farmers in different parts of the country fear that severe power cuts and low groundwater level could hamper irrigation for boro farming. They said scanty rainfall this year was responsible for low groundwater levels in parts of the country and that they would have to face acute irrigation problems from mid-March, the time