High-powered BD power delegation likely to visit India in Oct

High-powered BD power delegation likely to visit India in Oct

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Dhaka: A high-powered Bangladesh delegation, led by State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid, is likely to visit India in the first week of October next.
According to official sources, the junior minister has primarily accepted an Indian invitation in this regard and asked his ministry officials to prepare a list of the delegation members. UNB News Agency Reported.
During a meeting with Nasrul Hamid at his Power and Energy Ministry office on Sunday, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla invited him to visit India on October 3-5.
A statement of the Power and Energy Ministry said the both sides discussed various issues, including Rampal Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant, import of power from India and involvement of private sector in cross border power trade, during their meeting.
The import of hydroelectricity from Nepal and Bhutan and holding a three-nation tripartite meeting in this regard, the import of petroleum fuel through Numaligar and the import of LNG also came up for discussion in the meeting.
During the meeting, the Indian envoy informed the State Minister that India will continue its support for development of Bangladesh.
He offered to introduce solar street lights in Bangladesh by Indian company Energy Efficient Service Ltd (EESL) at the cost of Indian government.
Accepting the offer, Nasrul Hamid asked state-owned Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the EESL in this regard.
The Indian envoy also accepted an offer of the State Minister to hold a tripartite meeting involving Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan to facilitate Bangladesh’s import of electricity from the two Himalayans nations.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla said such a meeting could take place during the proposed visit on October 3-5.
Power Secretary Monwar Islam and Energy Secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury were present at the meeting.

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