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Bangladesh and India decide on inter-connection line

PTI 03 Nov 2014, 16:07:41 PM IST

Agartala: Bangladesh and India today decided that a ‘Radial inter-connection line' would be drawn from Suryamani power sub-station here up to Comilla in South Bangladesh for transportation of 100 mw power from the 726 mw thermal power project at Palatana in Gomati district.

This decision was taken in a  meeting of technical experts from India and Bangladesh  held here today.

While it was decided by the two countries that the power would be transported from Suryamaninagar power sub-station here to Comilla district of Bangladesh, today's meeting decided about the route of transportation.

Leader of the Bangladesh team, Chowdhury Alamgir Hossain, Director of the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh said, from Suryamaninagar substation, the line would be drawn by the Indian government up to Konaban, the crossing point to Bangladesh, covering a distance of about 24 km.

From Konaban the line would enter Bangladesh territory and would be drawn by the Bangladesh government up to Comilla grid covering a distance of about 27 km which would cost about 135 crore Bangladeshi taka (Rs 106.75 crore).

M K Chowdhury, Director Technical, Tripura State Electrical Corporation Ltd (TSECL) said, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) would draw the line on Indian side and the cost is yet to be calculated.

The newly constructed Suryamaninagar sub-station in WestTripura district was erected with installed capacity for international power trading, S K Roy, Chairman and Managing Director of TSECL said.

The ONGC started dispatching natural gas to Palatana project for power generation by the plant's second unit, which is expected to become operational in the current year, V P Mahawar, General Manager of ONGC-Tripura Asset said.

Chowdhury Alamagir Hossain said India put forward a proposal to Bangladesh for power corridor for transportation of power from India's North-East to West Bengal  
However, there was no decision as yet, he added.