PM lays foundation of 1200 MW Matarbari plant

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PV Desk : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today laid the foundation of the 1200 MW Matarbari plant, regarded as a flagship project for being an “ultra super critical coal fired power” plant to be installed at a cost of Taka 36,000-crore.

“Our goal is to light up every house of Bangladesh as we want to build Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty free nation by 2021 and a developed one by 2041,” Sheikh Hasina said marking the event.

The premier laid the foundation through a video conference from her Gonobhaban residence while the plant to be constructed at Matarbari of Moheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar with Japan government’s financial and technical cooperation.

Officials familiar with the process said plant would have a major contribution towards the government aim to make electricity for all by 2021.

Sheikh Hasina said her government attached importance to power production against the backdrop of its rapid demand growth as the key component of production while the people’s financial ability was being enhanced simultaneously as well.

“Availability of electricity would help development of many industries in the area, diversifying the economic activities of the people and bringing prosperity in their lives,” she said. Officials said currently the country’s power production capacity stood at 16,000 MW, a scenario that gave 90 percent people the access to electricity with the expanded national power grid and solar system contributing to the development.

Sheikh Hasina said the government itself constructed several power plants and imported electricity from neighbouring India to meet the growing electricity demands.