SAARC leaders may approve South Asian power grid

DHAKA — The heads of state and government of SAARC countries are expected to approve the idea of establishing a common power grid that could reduce electricity shortage in the seven member-states by putting into use its enormous hydro-power potential.

By From Mizan Rahman

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Published: Wed 9 Nov 2005, 9:37 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:13 PM

The SAARC officials prepared this proposal, which would be put forward to the heads of state and government of the region, who are scheduled to meet in Dhaka on November 13 and 13 during the SAARC Summit, sources said in Dhaka yesterday. "We have reached consensus to establish the SAARC Energy Centre in the Pakistani capital to help boost economic growth and development in South Asia and will concentrate on the sharing of information, technological expertise and hardware in the field, Mahmudur Rahman, Adviser to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry told newsmen in Dhaka yesterday.

"We discussed the related issues including setting up of a common energy grid, independent power producers, micro-hydro electric and wind energy plants and fuel efficiency for road transport and CNG.''

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