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Frequent load-shedding elevates suffering amid heat wave

UNB . Dhaka
06 Jun 2023 17:16:44 | Update: 06 Jun 2023 17:20:16
Frequent load-shedding elevates suffering amid heat wave
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People in Dhaka and elsewhere continue experiencing frequent power cuts as electricity generation hits only 12,000 MW and 13,000 MW against the demand of nearly 16,000 MW.

These outages are making their lives miserable in this peak summer when temperatures are soaring to 38-42 degree Celsius. In the daytime, power cuts already crossed 2,600 MW and sources say the outages may go up to 3,500 MW in the evening peak.

The power supply situation is worse in the rural areas as they get electricity for 3-5 hours a day while the rest of the time they have to remain without electricity.

Interestingly, the official data of the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) shows that the extent of load shedding reaches the highest peak at midnight when people remain in deep sleep.

The data also shows the country experienced 2,610 MW while the demand for electricity was 14,900 MW and the generation output was 12,166 MW at 12 noon on Tuesday.

The power generation forecast at the evening peak was projected to be 14,900 MW against a projected demand of 15,800 MW when load shedding was planned for only 900 MW.

"But the reality is totally different", said a top official at state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board.

At the evening peak the extent of load shedding reaches 2700 MW to 3500 MW, he noted, saying the official data always does not reflect the ground reality.

However, the official data of PGCB, responsible for power transmission across the country, shows that the load shedding was 2815 MW at 4 pm, 2735 at 6 pm on Monday, 3266 MW at 1 am Tuesday.

The load shedding was 3215 MW at 1 am (midnight) and 3143 MW at 2 pm (midnight) on Tuesday.

This means the extent of highest load shedding at midnight is a new phenomenon as though the country's demand decreases at midnight, the power generation also decreases to a level of 11,000 MW.

Normally, no load shedding was seen in the midnights in the previous years. This year, load shedding at midnight has become regular.

No official from the BPDB was found to be willing to comment on the issue.