7 city corporations to have solar street lighting

The approval was given at an Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

"Of the total project cost, Tk 386 crore will come from the national exchequer while the remaining Tk 489 crore as project assistance," said acting Planning Division Secretary Bhuiyan Shafiqul Islam while briefing reporters after the meeting.

Under the 'Solar Street Lighting Program in City Corporation' project, the Power Division will introduce solar energy-driven Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology in seven city corporation streets replacing the existing lighting system.

The project would cover one thousand kilometers of streets of Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet and Rangpur city corporations. The project would be implemented during January 2012-December 2015 period with a cost of Tk 317 crore.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Tk 237 crore for the project. Recommending the project, the Planning Commission (PC) has said the project would help spread the use of renewable energy allover the country.

It is also commensurate with the Renewable Energy Policy 2008 which has fixed the renewable energy production target at 5 percent of the total energy generation by the year 2015 and 10 percent by the year 2020, the PC added.

The Ecnec meeting approved another project with a view to expanding and developing water, sanitation and drainage system in Tongi Pourashava, including Tongi Ijtema ground, with a cost of Tk 94 crore.

Under the project, sixty-two kilometers of water supply pipeline will be installed alongside 22 three-storied toilet building. Some 500 low-cost sanitary latrines, adequate number of tube-wells, water points, pump stations and electric substations will also be set up. The project is expected to be completed by June 2014.

The other projects approved at the meeting are: Installation of Off-Grid Wind-solar Hybrid System with HFO-based Engine Driven Generator in Haitya Island project (Tk 131crore, GoB 36 crore and PA 95 crore); Installation of 5 MW Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) Grid-Connected Power Generation Plant at Kaptai project (Tk 193 crore, GoB 36 crore and PA 157 crore); Establishment of Bangabandhu Textile Engineering College project, 3rd revised (Tk 90 crore-GoB) and Digitalisation of land survey, record preparation and preservation project (Tk 50 crore-GoB).

Ecnec members, including Planning Minister AK Khandker, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, ministers concerned, advisers to the Prime Minister, members of the Planning Commission, secretaries and officials concerned were present at the meeting.

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