The present government, in a planned way, has increased the electricity generation capacity to 9763 megawatt against 5178 MW of the BNP-Jamaat, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
The highest 6675 MW of power was generated on July 12 this year while the highest generation was 3782 megawatt on October 30, 2005 during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
State Minister for Home Affairs Adv Shamsul Hoque Tuku gave the figures on behalf of State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources M Enamul Huq, responding to a starred question of Chayan Islam (Sirajganj-6) which was raised in the House by M Atiur Rahman Atik (Sherpur-1).
The state minister said the present government took office with the electricity generation of 3268 megawatt and the electricity generation is being increased gradually.
“We’ve generated electricity exceeding our target. Since the development activities are on the rise, the demand for electricity is also increasing,” he said.
Tuku said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government did not take any initiative to enhance electricity generation in the country. Rather, there had been “massive waste of money” in the name of electricity generation.
He said the Awami League government in its first tenure started with only 1600 megawatt electricity and it raised the figure to 4300 megawatt while handing over power to the next BNP-Jamaat government. “The present government has increased the electricity generation in a planned way.”
The state minister also mentioned that the present government has given 22 lakh new connections apart from generating renewable energy.
Responding to another starred question of M Nazrul Islam Babu, he said the Power Development Board has so far snapped 283,765 illegal connections since January 1, 2010.