Bangladesh, India turning into one state, says Nasrul Hamid

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid on Saturday said the boundaries which have been existing for the last 40 years between Bangladesh and India are going to go away, adding that “We all are going to turn into one state”.

The enthused Sate Minister came up with this statement while he was addressing in a contract signing ceremony held at the Mukti Hall of the Biddyut Bhaban in the city.

Terming Modi’s visit in Bangladesh as new horizon, Nasrul Hamid said that it will open up in relations between the two countries where the boundaries between the two will be erased.

The junior minister went on saying that the government signed the MoU with the two Indian companies—Adani and Reliance Group– on the basis of “Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act”, which allows such unsolicited agreement without any competition or tender process.

As per the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Adani, the Indian conglomerate will build a 1,600MW ultra super critical coal-based power plant at Moheshkhali island, or some other suitable location in Bangladesh.

Under the other MoU signed with the Anil Ambani-controlled arm of the Reliance Group – India’s largest conglomerate that is split between the two sons of pioneering industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani – a 3,000MW LNG-based power station and a floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) will be set up at. The location is again yet to be decided.

On behalf of the government, Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) signed the preliminary contracts at Biddyut Bhaban on the morning of Modi’s arrival.

With power secretary Monwar Islam in the chair, the function at the Mukti Hall of the Biddyut Bhaban in the city was also addressed by energy secretary Abu Bakar Siddique, PDB chairman Shahinul Islam Khan, Adani Group official Raja Hasnain, and Reliance Group official Sameer Gupta.

Source: BD Chronicle