India and Bangladesh have completed the erection of a transmission line to supply an additional 100 mw of electricity to Bangladesh, it is reported. Transmission will start once the power purchase agreement is finalized.
The erection of a 47-km line from western Tripura to southern Comilla in eastern Bangladesh has been completed. Power Grid Corporation of India and its counterpart Power Generation Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) have tested the transmission lines on both their sides. Power will be transmitted from the Palatana gas power plant in southern Tripura.
PGCIL has invested Rs.90 crore to erect an 18-km transmission line on Indian territory and to provide compensation to the people for land acquisition. The 100 mw of power will be in addition to the 500 mw Bangladesh already receives from West Bengal. In the near future, an additional 500 mw of power transfer is likely from India, taking the overall transfer to 1,100 mw.
Meanwhile, Tripura is likely to be in a power-surplus situation to the extent of 200 mw once the 101-mw Monarchak gas-fired power project of North East Electric Power Corporation in western Tripura is commissioned. The power situation in Tripura changed for the better with the recent commissioning of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation’s 726-mw combined cycle gas-fired power project at Palatana, 60 km from Tripura’s capital city Agartala.