Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Tuesday questioned why the government is buying electricity from India's controversial Adani Group at a higher price.
“Why should we bring electricity from Adani Group at higher price? If we bring, the government should re-examine whether it is for the interest of the people,” he said taking part in the thanksgiving motion on President’s speech at Parliament.
He said that he is surprised that there is so much criticism in India about Adani Group, which is setting up 1500 MW power plant.
“The price per unit bought from them is Tk 24.10. It means Tk 6000 crore will have to be paid annually as capacity charges. Why should we bring electricity from Adani Group with such a high price? If imported, the government should re-examine whether it is in the interest of the people.”
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Chunnu mentioned that the Prime Minister said that there is sufficient electricity and there is no doubt about it.
“We got electricity lines in villages. The problem is the matter of hiking power price was under the jurisdiction of the Bangladesh Electricity Regulatory Commission, now the State Minister for Power has taken it in his own hands.”
He said that in fact it will increase the price every month.
He mentioned that the government increased the price twice in January. “If it is not under the tolerance level, there is doubt whether people will be able to use it or not,” he said.
Chunnu said that the price for per unit electricity from Payra Power Station is Tk 13.37 while annual capacity charge is Tk 3,000. The price of per unit electricity from S Alam Company is Tk 18.39 while the capacity charge is Tk 5000.