India to start power supply to Bangladesh from today

On Saturday history will be made in Bherama, a remote Bangladeshi village bordering Murshidabad district of West Bengal.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate electricity trade between the two countries.

NTPC will start exporting 250 MW of electricity to Bangladesh, at a fixed tariff. Bangladesh has the option to buy another 250 MW from the open electricity market in India.

India already invests in power projects in Bhutan and imports electricity from the small Himalayan country. But, that is no match to the emerging regime, where in two large economies — sharing 4,000 km of land border — will start sharing energy resources. The subcontinent has never seen it in the past.

It will help Bangladesh to partly meet the demand for electricity. The move will also be a boon to Indian power generation companies, including NTPC, that are suffering from excess capacities and low demand load.

The cooperation will not stop at power trade. On Saturday, NTPC Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board will enter into a joint venture agreement for Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company Private Ltd for setting up a 1,320 MW thermal power plant at Khulna.

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