Vol. 5 Num 696 Mon. May 15, 2006  

Agitation mounts for pipeline gas to S-W dists
Road barricade, sit-in planned

Agitation for pipeline gas supply to south-western districts is mounting as several committees formed in the region are holding programmes including meetings and seminars to press the demand.

The agitation mounted after the ECNEC (Executive Committee of the National Economic Council) dropped the Bheramara-Khulna gas pipeline project at its meeting last month. The project, one of five in the country involving Tk 4307 crore expenditure, was proposed by the Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry, sources said.

The newly formed Gas Link Implementation Committee (GLIC) in Kushtia at its meeting in the town on Saturday took up programmes including formation of human chain, submission memorandum to the Prime Minister, road barricade, collecting mass signature and sit-in programmes to realise the demand.

The meeting was presided over by GLIC Convener Mozibar Rahman, an eminent industrialist and president of Kushtia Chamber's of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

The committee also held several meetings in the town in last few days, which were attended by industrialists, professionals and cross-sections of people.

A team led by Mozibar Rahman also met with the Advisor for Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry recently to press the demand.

Speakers at Saturday's GLIC meeting said o Khulna, Jessore, Chuadanga and Kushtia are prospective districts for setting up industries because of their geographical location and good road links with rest of the country.

In Kushtia, there are at least 20 industries in the BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation) estate producing world class commodities including cable wires.

Products of BRB Cable are earning foreign exchange.

But all there are dependent on power supply, which disrupts production due to load shedding, they said.

According to Power development Board (PDB), the districts needs 320 mw power daily but get 200 to 230 mw.