BHOLA – Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday said power crisis in the country’s southern parts will be solved immediately as the government has undertaken different pragmatic steps in this regard.
“No more electricity crisis would remain in the country’s southern part as Bhola has a 225-megawatt capacity power plant. . . Besides, the government has a plan to set up another power plant with the capacity of 400MW here,” the minister told journalists after visiting the Independence Museum (Swadhinata Jadhughar) in Banglabazar area under Sadar upazila here.
Tofail, also ruling Awami League Advisory council member, said that an Indian company would provide 225MW electricity while 100MW would come from Ashuganj, and these would help mitigate the demand of the people in this region in future.
Referring to new gas field in Bheduria Union of Bhola, which is expected to hold 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, the minister said, “Bhola district will be a developed one if the gas-based industries and mills-factories are established here.”
He hoped that Bhola would be an industrial city in future as it has a bright future.
Noting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement to construct a bridge connecting Bhola with Barisal, Tofail said it would require only five hours to reach Dhaka from Bhola over the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.
Former Secretary M Mozammel Haque, Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shaymal Dutta, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Selimuddin, Superintendent of Police M Mokter Hossain, district Awami League Vice-President Hamidul Haque Bahalul, upazila parishad Chairman Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, municipality mayor Mohammad Moniruzzaman and district AL organizing secretary Mainul Hossain Biplob, among others, were present there.