Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Thursday said Matarbari will become megacity like Singapore thanks to the massive socio-economic activities to be carried out for implementing the 1200MW Matarbari ultra super critical power project.
“Matarbari is becoming a power hub. The government will establish a port there for coal import. Probably in the next few years, the whole island is becoming a huge city like Singapore,” the finance minister said while addressing the contract signing ceremony of the 1200MW Matarbari coal-fired project.
He said it’s also a good news that Bangladesh will increase its electricity generation capacity to 18,000MW next year. Power generation was only 3,000MW when the Awami League government took office in 2009, he said.
“I hope the project will create a huge number of job opportunities for the people of Matarbari,” Muhith said. He also thanked the Japanese government for its support to such a mega power plant.
Prime Minister’s Power And Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Md Tajul Islam, Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka Masato Watanabe, Prime Minister’s Principal Coordinator to SDG affairs Md Abul Kalam Azad, chief representative of Chief representative of JICA Bangladesh Office Takatoshi Nishikata, BPDB Chairman Khaled Mahmood and Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL) managing director Md Abul Quasem were also present at the deal signing function chaired by Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus.
Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said the government will make Matarbari and Moheskhali something better than Singapore as amusement centres, township and transport facilities will be established in those power hub sites.
State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid informed that Matarbari is the single largest JICA project in Bangladesh. He said the government will invest around $6 billion in the Matarbari project. Equipment, Procurement and Contractor cost has been fixed at $4.58 billion.
The minister also assured that the people affected by the power project will be rehabilitated properly.
While addressing the function, Md Abul Kalam Azad expressed hope that the Matarbari project will be implemented in time.
Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus expressed gratitude to the prime minister for her leadership in prioritising the implementation of the mega power project. He said except for a few Japanese nationals, most of the people working at the Matarbari project are Bangladeshis.
Md Abul Quasem said the main construction of the power project will begin at the end of this month.