CHAPAINAWABGANJ, Feb 16 (BDNEWS): Uncertainty looms large over IRRI-Boro cultivation in Chapainawabganj following diesel crisis and erratic power supply.
Half of the targeted land is likely to remain uncultivated due to dearth of power and diesel supply hampering irrigation, farmers apprehended.
The rundown situation continued although State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood had given assurance of uninterrupted power supply. The situation aggrieved the farmers.
Mahfuzur Rahman, resident engineer of Power Development Board in Chapainawabganj, admitted the power crisis.
He said half of the required electricity is being supplied in to district.
"Against the daily requirement of 60 megawatt, at best 30 MW is available," he said.
A similar situation prevails in supply of rural electricity.
The demand of electricity in the areas under the Rural Electrification Board is 32 MW. But availability is only 18 MW, officials said.
Due to continuing scarcity of power supply and unsteady voltage, irrigation in corn fields is severely hampered.
According to the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), 1,268 deep tubewells in Chapainawabganj are power driven.
Due to insufficient power supply and low-voltage and diesel crisis, irrigation is not possible. Also, machinery of deep tubewells are being damaged due to low voltage.