The Tk 15.69 billion Greater Dhaka Power Distribution Project (GDPDP-Phase-IV) that has been taken up to improve the city's electricity distribution system is likely to be completed by June next.
Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (DESA) took up the project in July 1997 with the collaboration of Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GIETC, a Chinese company.
"We have already completed four components of the project and the remaining work will be completed as per the schedule. The city's power distribution problem, including voltage fluctuation, will significantly improve once the project is completed," said a DESA official.
Under the project, DESA planned to install ten grid substations. Out of the ten, installation of four grid sub-stations -- Mogbazar, Basundhara, Saydabad and Sitalakkha -- have already been completed.
The installation work of Kamrangirchar, Matuayel, Uttara, Narsingdi and New Tongi sub-stations are going on in full swing, which is likely to be completed by June next, the official told the FE.
The project also include installation of 132Kv transmission line, expansion of transmission and distribution lines, fixing of three 33Kv single circuit overhead lines and feeder lines rehabilitation work.
DESA has also completed the supply of pole, transformer distribution and insulator under the project.
Once the project is completed, the DESA's power distribution capacity will increase significantly that it will be able to distribute additional 400 megawatt (mw) in the capital.
Besides, single phase and high tension (HT) meters, 132 Kv and 33 Kv underground cable and capacitor banks will be supplied to the concerned department of DESA.
The 340 million 32 Kv line at Haripur-Ulon Grid Line is scheduled to be completed by December 2006. It will improve the power distribution capacity of the old and overloaded Siddirganj power transmission line.