Bangladesh’s national power transmission grid failed at 2.05 pm on Tuesday, causing a blackout across Bangladesh, except some parts in the north. According to officials at the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), the power connection was disrupted somewhere in the eastern part of the country.
Only a few districts in the Rangpur division suffered the power failure, said a top official of PGCB.
Following the grid failure, supply from all power plants was disrupted one after another and Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Barisal, and Mymensingh divisions were hit by the blackout.
Meanwhile, state minister of ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak and state minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid said the power supply in Dhaka will be fully restored by 8 pm. A probe committee has been set up to investigate the cause of the grid failure.
BPDB director (public relations) Shameem Hasan informed that engineers of BPDB and PGCB were trying their best to restore electricity transmission.
PGCB officials initially said they could not identify the exact reason and location of the fault that triggered the grid failure. However, the fault was later traced to the Ashuganj power grid.
TELECOM SERVICES MAY FACE DISRUPTION
Telecommunication services in Dhaka, Narayanganj, and Gazipur were also disrupted due to the power grid failure on Tuesday, the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) said.
Power supply has already been restored in some parts of the capital, including at Bangabhaban and Ganabhaban. “We have already restored electricity supply at Bangabhaban and Ganabhaban and also some parts in Mirpur and other areas. Power supply in many places outside Dhaka has also been restored,” Nasrul Hamid said.
“But I have instructed power supply officials to move steadily in Dhaka and fix the problem for good so that no further disruption occurs,” he said. “If they hurry, it may cause further disruption, which we want to avert,” he added. The last incident of large-scale grid failure in Bangladesh occurred in 32 districts on May 2, 2017.
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