Agartala, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

Tripura government has made all out efforts to facilitate bilateral survey team of India and Bangladesh for transporting power from 726 MW generation capacity combine cycle gas-based Palatana power plant of South Tripura to neighbouring country.

Talking to mediapersons, Power Minister Manik Dey said before announcement of the schedule of 2014 general election in March, Ministry of Power had constituted a seven-member feasibility study team for power selling from Palatana to Bangladesh in persuasion of Left Front government of Tripura.

The team comprises experts and top officials of both India and Bangladesh.

The officials were asked to file a detailed report on the feasibility of transporting power from Suryamaninagar power grid of Tripura to nearest Bangladesh power grid in Comilla or Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh.

"Ministry of Power recently, sought our view to send the expert team for field level study and other important aspects to sell power to Bangladesh from Tripura and we made it clear that the state will extend all possible cooperation to execute the task at the earliest," Mr Dey said.

He however, pointed out that Tripura government is keen to sell power to Bangladesh since inception of Palatana plant and upcoming Monarchak power project a decade ago considering its proximity and cooperation extended by Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh for transportation of over dimensional consignments for Palatana. "During her last visit to Tripura, Ms Hasina demanded surplus sell-able power from Tripura and Chief Minister Manik Sarkar responded positively and took up the matter repeatedly with Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Power,' Mr Dey maintained.

Transporting power to nearest Bangladesh grid from Tripura grid is hardly covering a distance of 50-80 Km, which marginalised the transmission loss and also reduce the cost of power transportation comparing to selling power from Indian states through Bongaigoan, he added. Meantime, Bangladesh has also taken up the matter with its Indian counterpart to purchase power from Tripura projects and finally, the Union government has responded and constituted a committee for feasibility.

'If everything goes well, by end of the year, 2nd unit of Palatana with generation capacity of 363 MW and 104 MW Monarchak power project will also be operational, which will generate surplus at least 160-170 MW power daily at optimum level of production and we have to sell the power,' Mr Dey said, adding that selling power to Bangladesh will further strengthen bilateral relation between two countries and to pay recognition to Bangladesh's cooperation.

He, however, stated that NEEPCO financed Monarchak power project has been getting delayed due to non-availability of required gas supply from ONGC but the way, work is progressing, by next six months, it would start generation.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)