Electricity comes through bottom of the sea in Sandwip
After 22 months efforts at last electricity reached in the tiny island Sandwip through bottom of the sea. On Thursday this island upazila on the Bay of Bengal was connected to the national power grid through submarine cable.
There are nearly 4 lakh inhabitants in Sandwip. So far the island was one type of out of electricity supply facility. At local level 400 subscribers were being given fuel based electricity through generators in the upazial sadar.
The island which has turned smaller hit by repeated erosion now can see the light of hope as it is connected with the national power grid.
According to PDB information, submarine cable is set up in 15 kilometers distance through bottom of the sea from Sitakunda to Sandwip as part of electricity distribution system development work of Chattogram. Around 145 crore taka was spent in this project.
This submarine cable’s performance capacity is 50 mega watts. After connecting to the national grid, now hundred percent people of Sandwip will be brought under coverage of electricity in several stages.
People of Sandwip hope that huge development will take place there, including setting up of mill-factories after getting the power from national grid.
Sandwip municipality mayor Jafar Ullah Titu said, it is the reflection Prime Minister’s promise of providing hundred percent electricity for Sandwip that she gave in 2012. Chinese contractor firm ZTT is implementing the project.
According to Power Development Board source, two high power capacity cable networks were connected from Sitakunda part to Sandwip channel through 10 to 20 feet depth beneath the Bay of Bengal. This connection is being given with help of setting up two cables with length of 16 kilometers from the coast.
It is hoped that as the area is covered by electricity then internet service with broadband internet connection will be expanded.