CNG-filling stations across the country will remain closed for six hours every day during Ramadan in order to increase gas supply to power plants to ensure smooth electricity supply during the month of fasting.
“Country’s all the CNG-filling stations will remain closed from 3pm to 9pm every day to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Ramadan,” said Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury on Thursday.
He was talking to reporters after a meeting held at the Power and Energy Ministry to devise necessary steps to keep the power supply smooth during the upcoming Ramadan.
Currently, the filling stations remain closed for four hours every day from 5pm to 9pm. They will revert to their four-hour shutdown after Eid-ul-Fitr.
Tawfiq said there will be no load-shedding during iftar and sehri. “The demand of electricity during iftar and sehri is 6,500MW and 6,100MW respectively whereas the country’s electricity generation capacity is now 9,000MW which was only 3,500MW when we assumed power.”
He also said there will be a hotline. One can lodge complaint dialing this number if there’s any power cut during the two periods.
The PM’s adviser said the present government has invested about US$5billion in the power section during its tenure.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources M Enamul Haque who presided over the meeting urged country’s people not to waste electricity in peak hours during Ramadan.
Earlier, the government decided to keep closed steel mills, re-rolling mills, wielding machines and electrical water pumps during the peak hours for uninterrupted power supply during the holy month of fasting, he said.
Power, Energy and Mineral Resources secretary Monwarul Islam and Petrobangla chairman M Hussain Monsur were, among others, present at the meeting.