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Load Shedding of Electricity in Bangladesh













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Bangladesh is facing huge load shedding of electricity. Almost all part of Dhaka having load shedding of electricity everyday at least four to five hours eveyday. In Karwan Bazar, power disruption occurred five times with more than five hours of outage between 8:00am and 5:00pm and in 24 hours almost eight to nine hours. Multiple power cuts for periods totaling six to seven hours occurred in Eskaton Garden, Dhanmondi, Kalabagan, Moghbazar, Khilgaon, Goran, Shahjahanpur, Mohammadpur, Banani, Uttara and other places.

Every summer Bangladesh face huge load shedding problem. According to the official statistics, the country’s electricity shortage gone up 1000 megawatts (MW) to 1259 MW with the demand of 4806 MW on 2006.  Authority said this year (2009) about 1400 MW to 1800 MW electricity shortage will face this year, which is almost twice more than last year and the country need about 5000 MW. So this summer we might face the problem that’s we have not face last ten years. In Bangladesh electricity power is not generate as much as our demand. So every summer we face huge load shedding and people are suffering, but in winter there is almost not load shedding. In summer temperatures goes up to around 40° Celsius. So in this situation if there is load-shedding of electricity people face uncertain condition.

Power Development Board (PDB) sources said while the official power demand was just 5000MW, the unofficial demand was hovering around 6000 MW. The officially estimated power demand is 5000 MW against a generation of around 3500 MW. Around 1500 MW power could not be generated due to short supply of gas to many power plants. Gas is a major concern also because several new gas-fired power plants with nearly 1000 MW generation capacity are expected to be drafted into service this year. “We are expecting 200MW new power generation from May. If we cannot ensure the gas supplies, it will become meaningless” PDB pointed out.

A PDB official said the real power situation was worse than the official picture. “The Rural Electrification Board (REB) needs 2500 MW, but is given less than half of that. Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) and Dhaka Electric Supply Company (DESCO) need more than 2000 MW power and the PDB needs another 2000 MW,” he added.

On 2007 government said by 2010 Bangladesh will be a load shedding free country. “We have set a target to generate sufficient electricity by the year 2010 to reach a level where there will be no load shedding,” said Mirza Azizul Islam, finance and planning adviser. But we don’t see any result of it day by day the rate of load shedding is increasing.


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  1. Fahad M said, on April 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    yeah its getting worse day by day, I mean in a place such as Dhanmondi we have a power cut every 2 hours. ‘Loading shedding free country’ ?? and by 2007 whats the guy on???

  2. Saima Nahid said, on April 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    uff load-shedding is making our lives worse..hating it !!

  3. danialazad said, on April 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I wish your post will change our situation a little bit better than now…..

  4. Masha Huq said, on April 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    This is issue has been talked about for such a long time, still no changes taken place. We should stop blaming the system cause , we are the ones who supports and build it for our so called betterment in living!

  5. Concerned said, on April 22, 2009 at 9:59 am

    We are freaks of nature. Bengolis… who dont care, respect or love their own country.

    Just look at our remarkable shortsightedness… we couldnt deal with anything in our lives after independance. We are morons.

  6. rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Load shedding has actually made the lives of the people of dhaka city very difficult.This is a problem that needs to be solved but no effective measures is being taken.

  7. doesn't matter said, on April 25, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Nothing Good ever happened to this country and nothing Good will ever happen to this country. Every government official is a bloody theif in their own ways. The quality of life in Bangladesh sux, i think its worse than some countries from Africa.

  8. doesn't matter said, on April 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Load shedding free country by 2010, my ass. All talk no action.

  9. Sunny said, on April 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    During the care taker govt era, the situation on everything was million times better. We saw that. We also saw the mass rage for general election afterwords, resulting politicians to be on their beloved track again! Now you be the judge & tell us whom to be blamed? Political parties (big mouths)? Care taker govt? Or the lazy maggots (general ppl like us) who die to vote for their favourite political parties to enjoy the benefits of off the coruptions?! This country is not going anywhere other than going reverse, till we finally realize what we are supposed to do! May Allah bless us all.

  10. Hi, interesting post. I have been pondering this issue,so thanks for writing. I’ll definitely be coming back to your posts.

  11. asma said, on May 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    nothing will be better until the system will be changed. need to theow out this corrupt system.

  12. z.islam said, on July 2, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Bangladesh is going to darkness.
    every day 8 hours………………

  13. Jahangir said, on January 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    let us go to try remove darkness for next gen.

  14. monju said, on March 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    At first we should take over load shedding & Trafic Jum.

  15. monju said, on March 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Jahangir said, on January 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm………………….Yes

  16. monju said, on March 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Jahangir said, on January 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    let us go to try remove darkness for next gen…………..He said true

  17. shahidul karim said, on March 24, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Present Govt. always blames the past Govt. for not taking any measure to improve the situation – but what this Govt. did during last months?

  18. musa hyder said, on March 26, 2010 at 5:55 am

    its already 2010 &now they say it will be load shedding free country in 2041 or so.

  19. musa hyder said, on March 26, 2010 at 5:58 am

    i cant take any more of load shedding. nnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. iSoftArchive said, on March 26, 2010 at 9:15 am


  21. Shafique said, on April 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Over population is sole responsible for all problems. We as well as goverment is concern about population problem. We must control birth rate otherwise within short time there will civil war no one will be able to stop it. We the general people must come forward to stop the overwhelming birth rate. China has imposed one child policy since 1978.
    There economic growth is about 10% for last 15 years but China is not allowing more than one child for any couple.

  22. Yasin said, on April 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    These people are good for nothing………..

  23. Satya said, on April 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Blaming the Govt or some officials wont change anything. As people we also need to contribute whatever we can do to reduce the load shedding. Follow SOS ….. SWITCH OFF SOMETHING. Why do we need to the advertisement bill boards kept illuminated when power shortages? Stop using cheap and inefficient lights and equipment imported from China specifically.

  24. rony said, on August 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    i am very happy for that.

  25. Debashis said, on August 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Hi, I’m an Indian Bengali living in Pune, Maharashtra. My forefathers hailed from what is now called Bangladesh (Mymensingh on my father’s side and Faridpur on my mother’s side). I’ve always felt fascinated by your country and will visit Bangladesh at least once before I die.

    It saddens me a lot that this is the state of affairs in Dhaka. Being Indian, I know the reason for the poor state of affairs is because of the huge population that we both have. I wish you all the best and hope you have a load-shedding free city by 2012 if not 2010.

  26. Blue Angel said, on October 24, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Its all our fault.We’re the ones who are wasting energy.We’re the ones who are being moronic and dorky.The goverment isn’t the only one to be blamed.

  27. Blue Angel said, on October 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Why are there illuminated billboards when there is power crisis?Why don’t the people who does government jobs don’t turn off the fans and ligts before they the exit their rooms.Cuz they don’t havet o pay.The government is paying for all the power they are wasting.

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