Bangladesh Govt to set up Solar Panels at Border Outposts
Dhaka: The Bangladesh government will set up solar panels at the remote outposts of the country’s border security forces across the frontier to strengthen the vigilance and check illegal migration and smuggling.
The home ministry officials said the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) would install 350 solar systems in the first phase in the remote border areas at a cost of Tk 300 million where power supply from the national grid is unavailable.
The solar power will strengthen the capacity of the border forces to ensure strict security and check smuggling and any untoward incidents, he added.
The official said each of the solar systems would have a capacity of 180 kilowatt hours (kwh) of generation.
A planning ministry official said the BGB has sent a proposal on the solar system installation project.
Bangladesh has still limited power coverage as it has so far been able to supply electricity to 52 per cent of the population due to shortage of adequate generation against the growing demand.
Most of the border areas of Bangladesh are along neighbouring India with a total length of 4,095 kms. Besides, the country has a 270-km-long land border with Myanmar.