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Criticisms against quick rental PPs irk PM

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hasina16Staff reporter
Taking a swipe at the critics of rental and quick rental power plants, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the rental and quick rental power plants in the country would prevail as long as people have the demand.
"When big power plants would go into operation, there’ll be no such need for rental and quick rental power plants and that’s the reality. But, as long as there’s people’s demand, those (rental and quick rental power plants) would exist," she said.
The Prime Minister was replying to a supplementary question from AL MP AFM Bahauddin Nasim (Madaripur-3) during her scheduled question-hour session in the House.
Terming the widespread criticisms against rental and quick rental power plants as mysterious, Hasina said, "There might be a reason as someone didn't get the business got hurt and developed heartburn."
The Leader of the House said when the AL government assumed office in its previous term in 2009, there was huge crisis of power throughout the country as power generation came down to 3,200 MW from 4,300 MW.
"Then we had no other option but to go for rental and quick rental power plants for which load-shedding has almost come down to a zero level these days," she added.
The Prime Minister said there are some people who shouts whenever there is any problem, but when the problem is solved, then they criticize the government sitting in air-conditioned rooms. "If we stop those plants, then what would be the consequences?" she questioned.
 Hasina said the power generation capacity now stands at 11,000 MW with the actual power generation reaching 6884 MW on March 18 during the peak hour at 8:00pm due to proactive steps taken by her government.
Listing her government's short-, mid- and long-term plans to boost power generation, Hasina said the government is currently importing 500 MW of power from India while another 500 MW would come from there apart from another move to import 100 MW of power from Tripura.
Besides, she said the system loss in power has come down to 12-13 percent from the previous 40 percent, electricity coverage has now reached 64 percent while the ultimate goal is to turn it to 100 percent, the coverage of solar panels is widening. "Whatever we're doing is only for ensuring welfare of the country's people."
Replying to another supplementary question from Shamsul Haque Chowdhury (Chittagong-12), the Prime Minister hoped that the gas and power crises in the port city of Chittagong would get resolved in near future due to the government's various initiatives, including exploration of gas in the Bay of Bengal and setting up of an LNG terminal.

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