First power feed to Bangladesh

New Delhi, Feb. 17: India will start exporting 250 megawatt (MW) power to Bangladesh from July, which is likely to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two South Asian neighbours.

"The transmission line would be ready to export power from India to Bangladesh from July… most of the work is over and final testing is being done before commissioning it," PowerGrid chairman R.K. Nayak told The Telegraph.

The transmission line ' the first one to connect the two countries ' is being set up by PowerGrid Corporation of India Ltd and the Bangladesh Power Development Board.

The proposed 125-km line will connect Berhampur in India to Bheramara in Bangladesh. Of the total length, around 40 km will fall within the Bangladesh territory. The project is estimated to cost Rs 8,220 crore, of which Rs 1,780 crore will be contributed by PowerGrid.

Officials said the transmission systems of India and Bangladesh, which are based on 400kV and 230kV alternate current, respectively, would be synchronised by installing a back-to-back high voltage direct current link. The line will have an initial transfer capacity of 500MW, which will be upgraded to 1,000MW.

The Bangladesh Power Development Board had signed an agreement with Vidyut Vyapar Nigam ' a subsidiary of National Thermal Power Corporation ' in February last year to import power.

India and Dhaka had agreed to co-operate in areas such as security, power, border markets and connectivity during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to New Delhi in January 2010.

The wheeling of power from India will have a significant impact on bilateral relations as the Awami League government and the Congress-led UPA government enter the last year of their parliamentary term.

India plans to cement its ties with Bangladesh with President Pranab Mukherjee visiting the country on March 3-4 followed by the arrival of Sheikh Hasina in August, reports said. External affairs minister Salman Khurshid is on a two-day visit to the country ending today.

Media reports from Bangladesh said Hasina's visit was likely to be marked by the signing of the much-awaited Teesta deal, which had to be stalled because of Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's last-moment resistance during Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh in September 2011.

Nayak said PowerGrid was scouting for opportunity in Bangladesh's transmission business and has conducted a feasibility study to set up the Aminbazar-Maowa-Mongla and Anowara-Meghnaghat lines and associated substations.

Quiz: How well do you know India's economy?

Question 1

Which of these products is India the world's largest producer of?

Poll Choice Options
  • Wheat
  • Rice
  • Milk

Latest News

  • Global shares rally on China growth relief; dollar slips

    Global equity markets advanced broadly on Wednesday after China reported growth that beat expectations, providing relief to investors worried about the Chinese economy, while the dollar eased on the growing view the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates lower than normal for a few years. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told the Economic Club of New York that the U.S. economy appeared to be slowly moving toward full employment, but that it would need help from the central bank for some time to come. …

  • L.A.'s Troubled, Pedigreed Chandler Mansion in Foreclosure

    The story of how the Chandler mansion ended up foreclosed upon and languishing on the market at $10.6M is an L.A. property saga for the ages, one which involves at least four U.S. presidents. Built in 1913 for Peter... …

  • Google Q1 revenue misses Wall Street targets

    Google Inc's Internet business revenue grew 19 percent in the first quarter, falling short of Wall Street targets as the price of its online ads continued to decline. Shares of Google were down 5.7 percent ... …

  • GM to seek court protection against ignition lawsuits

    GM has said it is protected from liability for claims related to incidents that occurred before it exited bankruptcy in 2009, and has taken steps to raise those issues with the court by filing motions to stay recall-related lawsuits while it asks that bankruptcy court to clarify the extent of that protection. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday, GM asked for a stay on litigation related to ignition claims until a judicial panel on …

  • Waterfront Robert Gurney Design Asks $2.5M In Annapolis

    Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Click here to view the full... …


  • This might well be India’s biggest Ponzi scam

    It was just too good to be true. Ashok Khital, 45, displays every symptom of a man who knows he's been conned. …

  • India's star studded football league

    High and mighty including Sachin, Salman & Sun Group buy ISL teams …

  • Leaderspeak with Rajesh Janey

    Rajesh Janey, President - India & SAARC, EMC shares many firsts in his life. …

  • Power Hungry

    Gujarat has power round-the-clock. Most other states do not. Why this will matter in the general elections. …

  • Etcetera

    The most keenly watched contest of the current general election will be the one for the Varanasi parliamentary seat, where the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi squares off ... …

  • Economy vs Democracy

    As the country gets election fever, cash comes out of mattresses and turns into liquor, gifts, and food. But it is not bad for the health of the economy, reports Sarika Malhotra from the trenches. …

  • Bracing for Challenges

    Raghuram Rajan is preparing to deal with concerns that may arise when a new government takes charge. …


  • Most Actives
    Most Actives
    NamePriceChange% Chg
  • Price % Gainers
    Price % Gainers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
  • Price % Losers
    Price % Losers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    Recent Quotes
    Symbol Price Change % ChgChart 
    Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the "Enter symbol/company" at the bottom of this module.
    You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes.
  • Recent Quotes News

      Sign-in to view quotes in your portfolios.