Minister of State for Electricity, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said, whether there is any other type of sabotage in the grid disaster, it is also being scrutinized. This is a matter. The second thing is of course we are looking at the technical site as well.
He said these things in a press briefing on Thursday (October 6) at the secretariat about the power failure. At this time, the state minister said, we hope that the reports will come within the next week.
Nasrul Hamid said, ‘Here are two things. One thing I am still hearing from political persons is that there will be more such incidents. It was said by Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku. There will be more but here is a different conspiracy. He knows how? You know how there will be more in the future, it has not been so many years. The person who could not provide one megawatt of electricity in his own time let alone the transmission line. Couldn’t put anything except the pillars and the pool. But he said like a scholar, there will be more such incidents.’
In response to the questions of the journalists, the Minister of State for Power said, ‘The incident of 2014 was similar. This case is different. Two different events. PGCB (Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited) has gone to an advanced level far beyond what it can take from there. To restore power means how quickly we can bring it, there is a record a few days ago in various developed world, it took three days-four days but we are not going there.’
Nasrul Hamid said, ‘Because of everyone working together, we were able to bring it quickly. After an hour, the re-store started. It’s a big thing of course there is technical fault here. If we catch up pin to pin, it will take some time. For this reason, I have made two committees. One committee is the insider of the electricity department and the other is the outsider.
When asked what will you do to prevent this incident of power failure, the state minister said, ‘As a result of taking immediate action, we started restoring power slowly after an hour. This is done manually. The big thing about it is that we now have to move to automation and we’ve started working. Maybe I could have done it earlier. But due to covid two years are delayed. That means it might take another two years to finish. Making the grid a smart grid is a big thing right now.’
Incidentally, last Tuesday (October 4) most areas of the country, including Dhaka, went without power after the transmission line of the National Grid was out. This disaster happened around 2 pm that day. Since then, Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet regions were cut off.