The first unit of the Maitree power project at Rampal in Bangladesh will be commissioned in December 2021 coinciding with the Golden jubilee celebration of the liberation of Bangladesh. The second unit is expected to be commissioned matching with the implementation of the associated transmission system, said an official press release issued in Delhi after the virtual meeting between the Power Secretaries of India and Bangladesh held on Tuesday.
The Power Secretaries of both the countries held a meeting through video conferencing on Tuesday to discuss issues related to the environmentally friendly supercritical technology based 1320 MW thermal power plant at Rampal in Bangladesh.
India assured Bangladesh that BHEL and BIFPCL are confident to meet the timeline for the completion of the project with the support of the government of Bangladesh in the matter of entry permission and visa approvals for the highly skilled manpower from India, customs related issues and vaccination of the workforce.
Despite the COVID situation since March 2020 posing challenges to the people of both the countries and affecting the implementation of the Maitree project, both sides are putting the best effort to complete the project in time.
Secretary (Power), Govt of Bangladesh assured of the necessary support for completion of the project in time and appreciated the progress made by the project so far, despite the COVID constraints since last year.
This meeting was convened after the 8th High Level Monitoring Committee meeting held on 17 June during which certain critical issues were identified that required to be addressed for timely commissioning of unit 1 in December 2021.
The meeting was attended by senior officials including the officials from Ministry of Power (MoP), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Central Electricity Authority (CEA), NTPC Ltd. BHEL and BIFPCL.